Presidency Urges Caution as Road Accident Death Toll Climbs

Pretoria – Acting President Jeff Radebe expressed his shock and sadness at the death of 27 people on Durban’s roads on Thursday night. This is the third deadly collision on South Africa’s roads in the last couple of days, following the death of 9 people including 7 young girls returning from the annual reed dance ceremony in KwaZulu-Natal over the weekend and the death of 7 people on the N2 between Grahamstown and Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape.

“The loss of such a high number of people, some of them breadwinners is painful and has affected so many households negatively. We urge road users especially drivers to exercise caution on the roads especially when carrying passengers. We extend our deepest condolences to the families and relatives of the deceased and wish those in hospital a speedy recovery,” said Radebe.

Thirty-two people were injured in a horror crash in Pinetown, Durban on Thursday when a truck collided with 4 taxis and a light motor vehicle. According to reports by ER24 Paramedics were shocked when they arrived on the scene and found people and debris scattered across the area.

Local authorities are conducting an investigation into the cause of the accident.