Minister of Transport warns road users
Minister of Transport calls upon all road users to exercise caution, to adhere to the traffic laws and to prioritise safety while traveling.
Road users are encouraged to drive carefully, obey traffic laws, and put safety first when traveling, according to the Minister of Transport, Sindisiwe Chikunga.
The recent fatal crash in Limpopo was followed by this.
The Minister conveyed his profound grief and regret at the tragic loss of several lives in a massive crash on the D2692 Venetia Road between Musina and the De Beers mine in the Vhembe region on Monday.
There were tragically 22 fatalities as a result of the Sunday incident. Four victims with various degrees of injuries were brought to the hospital.
A large number of the crash victims died at the site, while some more people died from their injuries later on at the hospital.
WHAT MADE THE TRANSPORT MINISTER WARN ROAD USERS?
“Reports received thus far indicate that the crash involved a bus transporting mine workers from Venetia Mine and a truck on the R572 road towards Musina. It is alleged that the bus and the truck collided head on, resulting in both vehicles catching alight.
“The exact cause of the crash is still under investigation at this point, with crash reconstruction, investigation teams and law enforcement officers from the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC), the South African Police Service and provincial investigation teams dispatched to the scene,” the Ministry of Transport said.
WHAT ARE OTHER DEPARTMENTS SAYING?
The Department of Transport’s RTMC has been entrusted with conducting a thorough investigation to determine the accident’s primary cause and delivering a preliminary report.
The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) also sent its sympathies to the families of the deceased, as well as wishes for a quick recovery for all those who were hurt.
“The health and safety of mineworkers remain a key priority for the government, as we tirelessly work towards achieving Zero Harm in South African mines. After all, it is workers who make the country’s mining sector thrive as a sunrise industry,” said the DMRE.