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Shock over horror bus accident

2012-07-22 08:08

Port Elizabeth - The accident which led to 18 people being killed on Saturday near Cradock in the Eastern Cape was shocking and saddening, Deputy Transport Minister Sindisiwe Chikunga said in a statement on Saturday.

"We are terribly shocked and saddened at the news of this horrific incident. The loss of such innocent lives on our roads is completely unnecessary," said Chikunga.

"We wish to convey our sincere condolences to the families of the bereaved and wish those injured a speedy recovery.”

Two school children were among the 18 killed when two buses collided on the R61 between Cradock and Graaf-Reinet in the Eastern Cape, Arrive Alive said earlier on Saturday.

Fourteen people were seriously injured in the crash. They have all been transported to hospitals in the area.

One of the buses was carrying schoolchildren to an event in Graaf-Reinet when it collided with a bus carrying passengers from Cape Town to Mthatha.

It remains unclear whether the accident was a head-on collision or a side-swipe.

Chikunga would visit the scene of the accident and the hospitals where survivors were receiving treatment.

"We urge our traffic law enforcement officers to leave no stone unturned in their investigation of this crash.

"In just the past three weeks, more than 50 people have died on South Africa’s roads as a result of tragic crashes," Chikunga said.

The Road Traffic Management Corporation has dispatched a team of specialists to the scene of the collision to investigate the exact cause.

Chikunga called on all motorists to exercise caution on the roads.

Comments
  • kim.buren - 2012-07-22 08:23

    Minister Sindisiwe Chikunga "shocked" So do somthing about it. Us South Africans are getting tired of this carnage on the roads. We risk our lives each time we drive on these roads.

  • Blackpoison - 2012-07-22 08:39

    Then do something, dammit!!!

  • bob.small.7547 - 2012-07-22 08:56

    How will they ever stop this road carnage when you have so many drivers with the mindset of a lemon dominating our roads...!

  • catcus1 - 2012-07-22 09:03

    The goverment is well aware of the reasons for this carnage - I am personally aware that they have been informed by the RTMC, but they choose not to address the issues, for fear of falling out of political favour. The facts are simple - corruption is rife at testing stations, and there is no law enforcement in this country anymore. (apart from ticketing the honest Joe who makes a mistake or speaks on his cellpone whilst driving)Tackle the real issues and stop protecting your electorate !!!

      lionel.defrontignac - 2012-07-22 09:33

      Apart from that, a lot of 'em own taxi's... ever wonder why the e-tolling guys excluded them?

  • jp.j.jordaan - 2012-07-22 09:16

    Corruption and lazy traffic officials

  • SynJyn - 2012-07-22 09:28

    Dear Minister Sindisiwe Chikunga, Why are you shocked? There is no law enforcement on the roads. Just today on a 78km trip through and around JHB I noted 47 traffic violations from taxis and no traffic police. I also counted ±83 motor bikes without number plates out of a total of ±148. I might have not seen all traffic violations and might have not have the count of the bikes 100% correct. In Germany all 47 taxi drivers would have lost their drivers license and all the bikers would have walked home.

      Klaus - 2012-07-22 16:22

      Germany with a population of 90 million has 4000 Road fatalities per year - despite higher traffic density than South Africa, also remember Winter with ice & snow

  • lionel.defrontignac - 2012-07-22 09:32

    This is terrible, but comes as neither a shock nor suprise - until the ANC govt actually walks the walk instead of talking about "zero tolerance", the carnage will continue. Mind you, they set a fine example: blue light killers, drunken politicians on the road, etc etc. Strangely enough, I don't see anyone marching in protest about the mayhem on our roads...

      Blackpoison - 2012-07-22 10:32

      There is only zero tolerance for speeding, yet, what is the death toll per accident due to speeding? I'm not saying it's ok to speed, what I'm saying is that their focus is on easy revenue and not on actual problem areas, like freakin taxis. Way more people die per accident where taxis are involved.

  • don.quioxte.3 - 2012-07-22 09:40

    How many people have died on the roads in the last month, with up to 20+ at a time? How many idiots have you heard clamouring for buses and taxis to be banned? But one fool does something stupid with a firearm and it's "BAN THEM' "BAN THEM".

  • bob.small.7547 - 2012-07-22 10:30

    What boggles my brain is how 20+ people can sit in a Taxi or Bus and allow the driver to drive like an idiot! We see it everyday, pan faced passengers sitting like sheep in the back while the drivers perform like idiots. Sheeple is probably the most befitting description of this crazy phenomenon.! Maybe if these passengers for once, started exercising their rights as to how the driver behaves when they are onboard, could make a big difference to the current statistics!

  • manie.vanwyk.12 - 2012-07-22 10:31

    WE DO SAFETY INUCTION WITH EACH CONTRACT,,, TAXI DRIVERS ONCE A MONTH,,,WELL, THEN THE " TAX MAN TO PAY"

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-07-22 12:32

    What can the government do when drivers don't take their responsibility seriously? Overtaking when it can't is a crime.

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-07-22 13:39

    The minister needs to do his sums, count up daily how many people are killed or injured in taxi accidents. No but they want to make life hard for the ordinary road users. The Minister knows who the cuprits are but he is a coward not to take on the taxi industry. Unless, they start with regulating this industry by making them adhere to the rules of the road like the rest of us, dont then pick on the ordinary road users. The taxi industry are a lawless industry who believe they have the right of the road. Time to start dishing out heavy sentences as with the drivers who kill and main people at level crossings etc now. No long and out drawn appeals. Send them to jail. This is very sad and should never have happened.

  • mickey.debeer - 2012-07-22 16:15

    haal taxis van die pad af...kyk na die statistieke en kyk watter voertuie veroorsaak die meeste ongelukkke!!!

  • jan.bezuidenhout.9 - 2012-07-22 18:47

    LET ALL CARS GO FOR A ROADWORHTY TEST EVERY 12 MNTS AND TAXI EVERY 6 MNTS AND TAXI DRIVERS MUST GO FOR A SMALL TEST EVERY YEAR. EMPLOY MORE TRAFFIC OFFICERS AND HAVE HIGHWAY PATROL CARS THAT HAVE A PIECE OF ROAD WHICH THEY PATROL SO IF YOU SEE SOMEBODY DRIVES LIKE PIG THAT HE CAN BE REPORTED AND PULLED OFF. NOT LIKE PHONING 10111 IN SA AND IT TAKES ABOUT 1 HOUR TO GET HOLD OF THEM AND THEN THET CANT SPELL YOUR NAME AND YOU MUST BATTLE TO GET THAT RIGHT AND BY THEN YOU ARE GATVOL AND JUST PUT THE PHONE DOWN. THE PROBLEM IS THERE IS NO SYSTEM AND RULES IN PLACE LIKE EVERYTHING ELSE.

  • deon.dewaal - 2012-07-22 19:08

    I love the way the other vehicle has now become a "bus"!!!! It was a TAXI!!!! There is a difference!!

  • deon.dewaal - 2012-07-22 19:09

    A side swipe???? Are you kidding??? Who is doing this reporting?? Have you seen the pictures of the accident???

  • godfrey.daniels2 - 2012-07-22 19:36

    I would like to know what it is that the taxi business has over the government. everytime we hear of such a carnage, our political figures utters their "shock". When are we going to see any form of actions against the taxi associations who continue to transport our people in unroadworthy vehicles, drive without valid licences, reckless driving, etc? A bunch of spineless bloodsuckers if you ask me. The "gravytrain" continues to ride across the country, changing passengers as the President "reshuffles" government.

  • rulof.jordaan - 2012-07-22 20:57

    Two weeks ago, at the rail crossing accident, 24 dead and serious suggestions to investigate the "owner" of the truck, meaning farmer. By all means, with twenty plus news agencies reporting the incident, government (transport MEC, Mpumalanga)has to make promises. How many are killed at such crossing, annually? Compare that to people slaughtered by min-bus taxis. It is an almost daily occurrence. Never, ever, has "owners" of taxi's been investigated or called upon to give account of the condition of vehicles, etc. Don't you just love the paradoxical way accountability is being determined in this country! The moment the holy white cow of South Africa (please understand "mini-bus taxi's")comes into play, government don't know how to deal with it. For the minister of the Eastern Cape; to put officers on 24 hour duty/rotation will not address the problem will it? That is a cop-out and reactionary. The problem is mini-bus taxi's. Please note; the Road Accident Fund is a blank cheque for passengers of mini-bus taxi's. Drivers don't care how they drive, cos if anyone gets injured, the RAF will provide all their needs. That is why they do what they want on our roads. This part of our economic demographic falls in a very peculiar niche in our political and legal systems. Completely different approaches at dealing with the issue. 24 Hour shifts will only cost the state/tax payer more. Despite mini-bus taxi's contribution carnage on our roads, they are not effectively addressed.

  • geraldsebanda - 2012-07-23 08:11

    "Chikunga called on all motorists to exercise caution on the roads." Job done then? You should be jailed for murder

  • jody.beggs - 2012-07-23 08:41

    We need to remove all commuter taxi's from the roads and find an alternative or this will not stop ... Or at least retrain "ALL" taxi driver's and add speed limiters to the taxi's. Damn the man.

  • avuyile.mali.7 - 2012-07-24 16:06

    But I am certain the comments making rounds here now do not do any justice to the bereaved families especially the innocent Cradock Primary School crew! Can't we seperate POLITICS with reality! At the moment we should be sympathising with the families of Wimpie (The Principal) and SC Ferreira... Politicians and their ruins are not worth celebrating and saluting precious lives of people who died serving a greater cause! Cum' on South Africans

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