Residents pray for 'cursed' road
The road between Nelspruit and KaNyamazane township in Mpumalanga, on which three serious accidents occurred just this past weekend, is fast gaining notoriety.
Members of the communities of KaNyamazane and Thekwane South held a meeting on Monday at the local sports field to pray for an end to accidents and fatalities on this road.
Community leader Louis Dlamini said: "We prayed for divine intervention because the high number of accidents and fatalities on this road shows without any shadow of doubt that it is cursed.
"We need to remove this evil curse with prayers."
Dlamini said the meeting was prompted by three accidents that happened along the same road between Friday and Sunday, as well as many others involving minibus taxis in which a number of people were killed.
A vehicle overturned between Magugu and Karino on Friday night, leaving its driver seriously injured.
Another vehicle overturned near the Magugu traffic lights a few hours later.
This was the second accident at these traffic lights in less than 48 hours.
In the third accident on the same road, a female driver was seriously injured when her car and a panel van collided near the traffic lights on Sunday afternoon.
The two occupants of the panel van escaped with minor injuries while the woman was rushed to a nearby hospital.
One of the most horrible accidents on the same road happened three months ago when the driver of a Toyota Tazz was decapitated and had his right hand ripped off when his vehicle collided with a delivery truck.
Spokesman for the Mpumalanga department of community safety, security and liaison, Joseph Mabuza, was not available for comment.