The weekend started with an accident in Standerton, Mpumalanga which resulted in 11 deaths.
Video footage of the aftermath of the crash on the R23 road between Perdekop and Standerton was uploaded onto YouTube by Standerton Advertiser.
Mpumalanga Premier David Mabuza confirmed that the 11 people had been killed instantly after the taxi they were travelling in collided head-on with a truck.
“Preliminary report from the provincial community safety, security and liaison department suggests that the driver of the taxi failed to stop at a ‘Stop and Go’ construction site, and continued to drive on a single lane and later collided head-on with a truck…” said Mabuza.
“We urge all the road users to work with us as a provincial government in the fight against these cruel accidents. We can only win the war against accidents when we all play our part consciously in ensuring that all of us are safe and arrive on our destinations alive,” he added.
The Road Traffic Management Corporation said it would oppose the taxi driver, who survived the crash, being granted bail.
#sapsMP Yesterday an accident between a minibus & truck left 11 people dead and 5 injured on R23, Standerton; culp homicide case opened SD
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“We will plead with the law enforcement to consider opposing bail and that the suspect be charged with the most severe crime,” said RTMC chairman Zola Majavu.
In a separate incident, four people, including an eight-month pregnant woman, died on the R102 between Mandini and Gingindlovu in KwaZulu-Natal, when a vehicle and a taxi collided.
On Sunday, two people died when a car crashed into a concrete side barrier on the N2, about 1km north of the Mtunzini Toll Plaza, and burst into flames, according to Zululand Observer.
Other crashes this weekend:
- Three men were killed and six people injured in an accident outside Upington, Northern Cape on Sunday.
- On Saturday, three people were killed when a light motor vehicle collided head-on with a truck on the old Vereeniging-Potchefstroom road in Vereeniging, according to ER24.
- An elderly man was killed on Sunday on Ring Road West in Johannesburg after he allegedly drove into oncoming traffic, before colliding head-on with another vehicle.
RTMC CEO Advocate Makhosini Msibi said October has been dedicated to Public Transport Month to create awareness about road safety.
“Though Road Safety is a 365 days responsibility, during this month, we endeavour to reach out to all the citizens and the road users to actively participate in the campaign to remind ourselves of the mammoth task we have to ensure that all our roads are safe, inculcate the culture of responsible use of our roads and take charge of our lives,” he said.