‘Mchunu has ordered crash probe’

2015-01-29 00:00

TRANSPORT Department spokesperson Kwanele Ncalane said that MEC Willies Mchunu had ordered a probe into the crash.

“The MEC has ordered that the investigation into the cause of the accident be expedited. The scope of the investigation will include the overloading of the bakkie, its roadworthiness and the apparent unlawful transport of children for a fare,” he said, adding that transporting children in a bakkie was against the law.

“We need to understand important factors that led to this, and focus on why the children were on the bakkie in the first place. We need to know whether this was a conscious decision taken by the parents,” Ncalane said.

“The MEC extends his deepest condolences on behalf of the people of KwaZulu-Natal.”

Education MEC Peggy Nkonyeni also sent her condolences.

YESTERDAY’S horror accident comes in the wake of last year’s crash at Rietvlei, near Mooi River, where five children died when the bakkie they were being transported in plunged into a farm sludge dam. The Witness reported then that the bakkie was crammed with 29 pupils who were en route to Tauricus Primary and Senzokuhle High schools. The driver, Phelelani Mchunu, was charged with five counts of culpable homicide.

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