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DA calls for more traffic officers on provincial roads

Zikalala to visit relatives of KZN crash victims

KZN premier Sihle Zikalala
KZN premier Sihle Zikalala
Image: Facebook/EDTEA KZN

KwaZulu-Natal premier Sihle Zikalala is expected to meet the relatives of the 12 people who died in a horrific taxi accident in the province on Saturday afternoon.

The provincial government's official Twitter page said on Saturday it was believed all those who died in the crash were from the same family. A child was among the victims.

In a statement, Zikalala's office said the crash happened in Kilimon, near Underberg, when the driver of the minibus taxi lost control of the vehicle and it rolled down an embankment.

“Our hearts go out to the family who lost their loved ones in this horrific accident. We hope they can find comfort in the Almighty during this difficult time. We also wish those injured a speedy recovery,” said Zikalala.

The crash took place on a rural road. Pictures from the scene showed the taxi’s roof torn off from the impact. Debris was scattered around a rocky field.

KwaZulu-Natal emergency services spokesperson Robert McKenzie said it was a single-vehicle crash. He said three other occupants were in a serious condition and were treated on the scene by private and government ambulance staff.

Ahead of Zikalala’s visit, the DA in KwaZulu-Natal called for the provincial government to increase its commitment to road safety.

DA MPL and the party’s spokesperson on transport in the province, Sharon Hoosen, said seven more people died in accidents near Ladysmith on Saturday, including a motorcyclist who was allegedly killed in a hit-and-run incident.

Another five people were injured in two separate road accidents, claimed Hoosen.

“The DA today calls on transport MEC Bheki Ntuli to urgently commit to the restructuring of the Road Traffic Inspectorate (RTI) to increase the presence of law enforcement officers on the province’s roads,” said Hoosen.

“The DA is deeply saddened by this loss of life. We extend our sincere condolences to the families of those who have passed away under such tragic circumstances. We also convey our best wishes for a speedy recovery to those who have been injured.” – TimesLIVE

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