The Premier Soccer League (PSL) said they will not respond to Transport Minister Dipuo Peters’s remarks that the league did not put safety programmes in place for its players.
PSL spokesperson Luxolo September said this on Monday when asked if the PSL had initiatives to enlighten and educate soccer stars about road rules.
“We won’t engage the minister in the media. No, we won’t do it. We won’t get involved,” PSL spokesperson Luxolo September responded.
Over the weekend, an Orlando Pirates’ player was arrested for speeding at 173km/h in Johannesburg. And following his arrest, Transport Minister Dipuo Peters slammed the PSL for failing to teach footballers road safety.
“They should not speak about safety on the field because the safety of their resource, which is soccer players, is also in the road,” Peters said.
She also expressed delight that the unidentified soccer star would remain behind bars until he appears in court.
Meanwhile, during a road safety operation on the R71 in Tzaneen on Saturday, Peters told a News24 correspondent she was disappointed and dismayed with people who go against road rules.
“I can tell you that I am very disappointed. People were travelling to church not wearing their seatbelts and many of them were saying they did not know that they should wear the seatbelts,” She told the reporter.
Buzzsouthafrica also gathered that more than 100 people were arrested for speeding in Johannesburg over the Easter weekend and a further 700 for drunken driving.
Johannesburg Metro Police Department spokesperson Wayne Minnaar revealed that one of those arrested was a bus driver traveling at 104km/h in a 60km/h zone.
“There were one hundred and eight motorists arrested for speeding on Joburg Roads this Easter weekend, as well as 797 for drunken driving, which included the arrest of a bus driver caught at 104km/h in a 60km/h,” Minnaar said.
Also, another driver was caught driving a red Polo at 173km/h in a 120km/h zone on the N1 near Soweto on Good Friday.
Meanwhile, Minnaar said those arrested would appear in the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday.
Few days ago, a Sri Lankan couple met their death when a speeding car ploughed into them while srtolling along a pavement in Vanderbijlpark, Gauteng.
Gauteng Traffic Department also confirmed that the 26-year-old driver of the speeding BMW M4 also died at the scene.