Horror crash: Ndebele slams bad drivers

2011-12-01 14:14
Johannesburg - Transport Minister Sibusiso Ndebele conveyed condolences to the families of 18 people killed in an accident outside Belfast in Mpumalanga on Thursday, the department said.

"We want to convey our condolences to the families of those killed in this horrific crash," he said.

The accident happened on the N4 at around 04:00 when a minibus taxi veered out of its lane and collided head-on with a truck, Mpumalanga public safety spokesperson Joseph Mabuza said.

"The truck dragged the minibus and both vehicles caught fire.

"All the 18 people, including a 2-year-old baby, were burnt beyond recognition," he said.

The minibus taxi was en route from Mozambique to Johannesburg, while the truck was travelling from Johannesburg to Mbombela.

'Blatant disregard for human life'

Ndebele repeated his vow that drivers who disobeyed road rules would be shown no mercy.

"Our society has degenerated to a level where some drivers continue to display a blatant disregard for human life."

He said his department, ministries of police and justice, as well as the National Prosecuting Authority would continue dealing with irresponsible drivers aggressively in order to save lives.

"A motorist proven to have intentionally caused death through a road accident will be charged with murder," he said.

"Our law enforcement and emergency services officials are out in full force to ensure safety on the roads, especially for the December holidays."

- SAPA
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