21 August 2017

South Africa: Condolences to Weekend Crash Victims' Families

President Jacob Zuma has extended condolences to the families of the 26 people, who died in various road crashes in parts of the country at the weekend.

The road carnage includes a horrific crash, which occurred on Sunday in KwaXimba, near Pietermaritzburg in KwaZulu-Natal. Nineteen people died. In Mookgophong in Limpopo, seven people died in a crash.

"We are saddened beyond words. It cannot be accepted that we lose so many of our people in such a horrific manner. We wish to convey our heartfelt condolences to families and relatives of all the victims. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families during this difficult period.

"We also wish the injured a speedy recovery and further call on all road users in the country to adhere to the rules of the road to avoid these unnecessary road carnages and loss of lives. Government, working together with law enforcement authorities and other stakeholders, will intensify its programmes and efforts aimed at decreasing road crashes and ensuring that those who disobey the rules and regulations on our roads are punished severely by the law," said the President.

In the first incident in KwaXimba, a driver of a minibus taxi reportedly lost control of the vehicle and veered off the bridge and plunged 15 metres down an embankment. The accident claimed 19 lives and left seven people seriously injured.

On the N1 near Mokopane in Limpopo, a collision between two vehicles killed seven people and left two severely injured, including a five-year-old child.

President Zuma also appealed to members of the community to support law enforcement authorities in preventing and curbing fatalities on the roads by reporting to the authorities all bad drivers and those who break the rules of the road.

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