Editorials
2 minute read
22 Sep 2021
6:40 am

Tragic death of Joburg mayor Jolidee Matongo could be a lesson for all

Editorials

Roads, generally, do not kill. It is the lawless, negligent and reckless behaviour of the human beings who use them that are responsible for the deaths.

Joburg mayor Jolidee Matongo. Picture: Twitter

There are a couple of elephants in the room when it comes to the story of the tragic death of Joburg mayor Jolidee Matongo, who died in a horrific accident on the Golden Highway in the city in the early hours of Sunday. Yet again, there are those who point to the road as a “killer highway” because of the high death toll on it. This implies that, somehow – just like the Moloto Road north of Pretoria – the physical infrastructure is responsible for the carnage, as if it were itself possessed of some demon intelligence. Roads, generally, do...