South Africa 25.1.2014 12:21 pm

Peters saddened by Mpuma crash

FILE PICTURE: Transport Minister Dipuo Peters. Picture: Refilwe Modise

FILE PICTURE: Transport Minister Dipuo Peters. Picture: Refilwe Modise

Transport Minister Dipuo Peters expressed shock and sadness on Saturday at the death of 15 people in an accident in Mpumalanga.

“We are indeed deeply saddened by this tragic occurrence. We send our

deepest and sincere condolences to the families,” she said in a statement.

The accident happened on Friday afternoon on the R555 between Witbank and Ogies when a minibus taxi collided head-on with a truck.

Among those killed were four children. The driver of the truck was not injured.

Two people were taken to hospital in Witbank.

Peters said the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) had sent a team of investigation experts to determine the cause of the crash.

“They must leave no stone unturned in getting to the bottom of the cause of this horrific crash.”

She said the Road Accident Fund would help families with the necessary support.

Peters urged all road users to be vigilant at all times on the roads.

She also called on the communities to partner with her department to fight against accidents on the country’s roads.

“Road safety is a responsibility of every single one of us. Let us put

all hands on deck and bring a stop to these accidents,” she said.

Mpumalanga MEC for transport Vusi Shongwe called for a high level probe into the accident and called for harsh punishment for those found to have caused the accident

The Democratic Alliance welcomed the probe.

The party’s provincial leader Anthony Benadie said Mpumalanga roads would only be safe if the MEC launched and implemented a comprehensive road safety strategy.

He suggested the strategy should also address the causes of poor driver behaviour.

“Poor driver behaviour and insufficient law enforcement inevitably leads to tragedies such as this,” said Benadie.

The party sent its sympathies to the families of the 15 people who were killed.

– Sapa

 

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