Overturned KZN bus was speeding - MEC

2013-09-02 23:32

(Shutterstock)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

kalahari.com

Johannesburg - A bus was speeding when it crashed in Melmoth, KwaZulu-Natal, at the weekend, killing nine people, provincial transport authorities said on Monday.

Traffic officials had earlier stopped the bus in Nongoma and found that its driver was under the influence of alcohol, said Transport MEC Willies Mchunu.

"The driver was arrested and detained in Nongoma, and subsequently replaced with another driver who was behind the wheel when the accident occurred," he said.

It was initially reported that 10 people died in the crash, however, Mchunu said the driver was still in hospital and had not died.

"The death toll still stands at nine, including seven girls and two women who had been acting as their guardians," he said.

The girls had taken part in the reed dance at the Nyokeni Palace.

On Sunday, paramedics reported that the bus overturned and crashed into steel barriers on the R66 near Nkwalini, between Melmoth and Eshowe.

"Paramedics... arrived at the scene and found that the barriers had pierced through the front of the bus," said Netcare 911 spokesperson Chris Botha.

More than 60 people were injured.

Funeral cover

The government would pay for the funerals, Mchunu said on Monday.

"[We] will provide full support to families with burials of children and women who died in [the] tragic bus accident," he said.

He and other government officials met the families of the dead earlier on Monday.

He expressed his condolences on behalf of the government.

"We are deeply saddened by the loss of yet more innocent lives in an accident that could have been avoided by strictly adhering to road traffic rules.

"These kind of accidents shouldn't happen if people driving understood that they are responsible for the lives of their passengers."

Mchunu said he was unhappy about the high number of accidents in the province in the past three months.

"In the months of July and August, the number of road fatalities grew sharply, recording 339 people losing their lives on our roads," he said.

- SAPA

Read more on:    netcare 911  |  willies mchunu  |  pietermaritzburg  |  accidents
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
17 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.
 

Inside News24

 
 

An uncomfortable election

The latter few weeks of election 2014, have seen South Africans reeling from an assault on their comfort zone when it comes to voting, writes Daniel Silke

 
 

Latest elections multimedia

Why Jack Parow wants you to vote on 7 May
The ad the SABC doesn't want to air
Elections 2014 in one cartoon
This year's election posters
 
Traffic
Lottery
 
  • Thursday Sir Lowry's Pass - 05:35 AM
    Road name: Old Sir Lowrys Pass Road
    TRAFFIC LIGHTS not working at Bezweni Road
  • Thursday Cape Town - 05:35 AM
    Road name: Buitengracht Street
    TRAFFIC LIGHTS not working at Waterkant Street
 
More traffic reports...
 

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Escape winter, head to Mauritius

Escape winter by spending 7 nights in Mauritius' tropical bliss from R13 215 per person sharing. Includes return flights, airport transfers and accommodation. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Get many eggs in one basket!

Gaming bundles: 2 Super Hits games for R99, 3 Disney games for R99 and more + exclusive accessory bundles only available on kalahari.com. While stocks last. Shop now!

25% off bestselling books!

The Real Meal Revolution by Tim Noakes, Jeffrey Archer’s Be Careful What You Wish for, Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor E. Frank and many more titles. Shop now!

Up to 25% off electronics

Buy top electronics and save up to 25%. Such as kalahari.com’s 1# selling product the gobii eReader, Patriot X Porter flash drive, Asus Nexus 7” 3G tablet, Samsung Galaxy SIII, Lenovo G580 Notebook and many more. Shop now!

DStv HD PVR Decoder now R949

The DStv HD PVR Decoder has further revolutionised the television experience with lifelike viewing, sharper images, more vibrant colours and precision picture quality. Now R949, save R550. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 30% off appliances & homeware

Save up to 30% on appliances and homeware this Easter! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now.

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Nokia E7

Your mobile office Real-time emails with Mail for Exchange. Easy access to...

From R3499.00

I'm shopping for:

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

You may find yourself putting in that extra effort on looking good and making an impression. ...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.