Minister mourns children’s deaths

2009-12-16 00:00

SEVEN children and five adults died in Monday’s accident on the R603 near Umbumbulu, Captain Dolf Otto of the SAPS collision unit confirmed yesterday. The accident was one of the biggest accidents in KwaZulu-Natal leading into the festive season, and traffic authorities reacted with shock to the news.

Transport Minister Sibusiso Ndebele conveyed condolences to the families of 12 people and wished the injured a speedy recovery.

“The death of [seven] innocent children is an unnecessary loss of life. We cannot continue putting the lives of children at risk. This crash has deprived pa­rents of children who died before their time.”

Ndebele sent a team of accident investigation and reconstruction specialists to assist in the investigation of the crash and to determine the exact cause, he said in a media statement.

In another collision, seven people were injured when a taxi crashed with a bakkie on Edendale Road yesterday morning. It is believed that the bakkie crashed into the side of the minibus and pushed it down the embankment on impact.

ER24 spokesman Derrick Banks said the driver of the bakkie was found walking around at the scene. “He was treated for serious facial injuries. Three passengers from the taxi … were also treated for serious injuries”. Banks said another three people were treated for minor to moderate injuries. All patients were stabilised and taken to Edendale Hospital.


Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. 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
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


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 network.


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.