WINDHOEK: The leadership of the Namibia Traffic Management Solutions (NTMS) is calling upon the Namibian Government and the Windhoek City Council to stamp out the practice of passengers being transported on trucks and pick-up vehicles.
In a media statement availed to Nampa here on Wednesday afternoon, NTMS Managing Director, Felix Tjozongoro, said workers are being transported from Katutura and Khomasdal to workplaces in town in open-tipper trucks and similar vehicles, adding that the practice is dangerous.
“We have seen a number of accidents where those types of vehicles were involved, and the scenes of such accidents are very nasty. You see people thrown out of such vehicles, and strewn all over the place,” said Tjozongoro.
He also called upon Minister of Justice Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana to re-look Namibia’s entire Criminal Procedure Act and effect some amendments with regard to this law.
“Our Namibian Parliament should support this move. We must amend our laws to make provision so that the Police can charge a driver that was involved in a road accident where someone was killed, with murder,” he stated.
According to him, there is no difference between a person that drives recklessly and in the process kills five people and that of a person that shoots five people.
“Both are murder and should be treated the same. Let us not be lenient with a driver that takes the live of someone else with a killing machine called a vehicle. Murder is murder. Period!, explained Tjozongoro, who is the NTMS’ Traffic Accident Investigation Expert.
Over the past few months, a truck carrying security personnel to their workplace in town overturned on the Florence Nightingale Street, just a few metres from the Windhoek Central Hospital, injuring about 30 security guards.
Last week, a pick-up and a minibus collided on the notorious Western Bypass section of the B1 road near the main campus of the University of Namibia, leaving 27 people with serious injuries and another 17 with light injuries.