Let's face it, standing on your bike does give you a big disadvantage in an emergency.
So, this law is for our own safety, like helmets etc.
Ok, when was the law proclaimed. In 1950 something or before or after, so at the time, it was like doing "tricks" on road orientated bikes and that was deemed a safety issue, did we have the dual purpose bikes, no, so we did not allow the ordinance to progress, It's our own fault, because the clubs or groups did not discuss the matter with the authorities. so they are stuck in that rut. Is it unsafe? No, I do not think so, I would say, and know it is safer to stand up when the going gets rough. But I must say I have seen riders of a certain brand to stand up when the going is not that rough ( like on .........)
It's a recent law:
National Road Traffic Act, 1996
National Road Traffic Regulations, 1999
309. Duties relating to motor cycle, motor tricycle or motor quadrucycle
1) No person shall drive a motor cycle
, motor tricycle or motor quadrucycle on a public road unless
his or her feet are resting on the front foot-rests suitable for the purpose and, where the design of such motor cycle, motor tricycle or motor quadrucycle makes it possible to do so, he or she is seated astride on the saddle of such motor cycle
, motor tricycle or motor quadrucycle.
..... and I see no use standing on tar or average sand roads, especially not when going faster than say 40km/h, but when I'm about to hit a bump or dip, I do raise myself off the seat, more to soften the bump than anything else - just my opinion