Mpumalanga crash saddens Zuma

2012-07-13 20:40
President Jacob Zuma was shocked and saddened by the deaths of 26 people in a collision between a train and truck in Mpumalanga, he says. (File, Beeld)

President Jacob Zuma was shocked and saddened by the deaths of 26 people in a collision between a train and truck in Mpumalanga, he says. (File, Beeld)

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Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma was shocked and saddened by the deaths of 26 people in a collision between a train and truck in Mpumalanga, he said on Friday.

"On behalf of government and the people of South Africa, we would like to extend our deepest condolences to the bereaved families and wish a speedy recovery to all those who were injured," Zuma said in a statement.

He said most of those killed were probably family breadwinners.

"We reiterate that it is important for drivers to exercise maximum caution at all times, especially when transporting passengers."

Zuma urged law enforcers to thoroughly investigate and to take the appropriate action if they found any wrongdoing.

Netcare 911 spokesperson Jeffrey Wicks said the truck was carrying farm workers when it collided with the train at a level crossing on the N4 between Malelane and Hectorspruit at 07:00.

Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba was also deeply saddened at the crash and sent his condolences to the families of those killed, said his spokesperson Mayihlone Tshwete.

Gigaba believed the incident illustrated the dangers of irresponsible driving, which allegedly caused the crash, he said.

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