LIMPOPO – The cleansing campaign started with the R71 route.
Makhurupethe said the main purpose of the day was to get together with different traditional leaders and churches to do a cleansing which involved praying.
This was to free the spirits of those who lost their lives due to motor vehicle accidents on the R71 route.
“We are not only doing this for this road, we will also be going to other big roads in the province to perform cleansing ceremonies,” she added.
“Traditional people started from 05:00 with the cleansing the road from Dalmada to Boyne and pastors from different churches joined them later on to pray and ask God to protect the road users from accidents.” She explained this also marks the beginning of the road to safety campaign that the department is taking on. “The lives that are lost on this road in the festive season and when the ZCC churches have their gatherings is one of the main reasons why we saw it important to have a cleansing ceremony,” she said.
Makhurupetje urged drivers and pedestrians to use the road wisely and said people should follow all the road rules and manage their time so they do not speed or drive tired as this causes accidents.
She thanked NICSA for suggesting the cleansing of the R71 route as they would not have been able to do it alone as the department. “We are given the responsibility as the Transport Department to protect the nation on the road but we can never be able to do it on our own so I thank NICSA for their efforts,” she added.