In cases where road accidents involve only one person, the police would are usually left to investigate the cause of the accident.
But in a case where an accident involves multiple fatalities, the Road Traffic Management Corporation would become involved to assist the police with the investigations, explains Simon Zwane Spokesperson at RTMC.
On Monday, CapeTalk's Kieno Kammies spoke to Patrick O’Leary, Editor at Fleetwatch magazine, who reiterated that investigations should be conducted based on the cause of the accidents and the outcomes of these investigations should be made public.
Responding to why these accident reports are kept under wraps, Zwane says the justice system takes too long and that they do follow ups on these cases.
After an investigation has been done, the report would form part of the police docket.— Simon Zwane Spokesperson at RTMC
O'Leary says that the results of the investigations should be made available quicker. He says The NPA only starts with court proceedings years after the accidents has occurred and people have died.
However, Zwane says the Minister of Transport has appointed a team to look into the slow prosecution of road accident cases.
If we know the results of why the accident happened, we can act quicker— Patrick O’Leary,Editor of Fleetwatch magazine
The RTMC needs to get together with the justice system and get them to realise that 15 000 people are dying on our roads every year. That's a national crisis.— Patrick O’Leary,Editor of Fleetwatch magazine
Listen below to hear how RTMC is dealing with prosecution of road accidents in South Africa: