Fifteen people killed in Ntunjambili accident

2017-04-26 06:02

KWAZULU-NATAL MEC for Transport, Community Safety and Liaison, Mxolisi Kaunda, has expressed shock and dismay at the death of 15 people in a road accident involving a bus at Nkandla Road, Ntunjambili on Saturday morning.

A bus, with a Durban registration, overturned - possibly because of brake failure - killing 12 people on scene and injuring six who were taken to Njunjambili Hospital. Three of the six injured succumbed to their injuries in hospital raising the death toll to 15.

The bus was transporting people from Bulwer (Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma Local Municipality) to eNkandla for a traditional wedding.

MEC Kaunda expressed shock and dismay at this accident, ordering traffic officials to investigate and find the full cause of this “disaster”.

“We are really hurt and disappointed at this disaster which occurred after we have been working for weeks to avoid such disasters. Traffic officers have been placed on the full alert and have been tasked to get engineers to get into the bottom of this matter.

“We wish to, once again, urge people of KwaZulu-Natal to make sure that they drive safely and do not worsen the situation. Passengers should check on the condition of drivers and vehicles they are using.

“Our message to all people of KwaZulu-Natal is that safety, both on our roads and in our communities, is a collective responsibility for all of us,” said Kaunda, who extended his heartfelt condolences to the families who lost their love ones. 

A multi-disciplinary team from SAPS collision unit, the Road Traffic Inspectorate and Public Transport Enforcement Services from the Department of Transport will continue with their thorough investigation.

More work including the reconstruction of the scene, thorough mechanical assessment and general condition of the bus will unfold over the next few days.
Looking at the possibility of overloading and inexperienced driver will also form part of the investigation.

“We are deeply saddened by this horrific bus crash. We are further disturbed by the fact that the death toll has now risen to 15, all victims are females.  We hope and pray that the scores  of those who are injured and are still in hospital will stabilise and recover soon. I still find it difficult to come to terms with what I saw at the scene and the trauma felt by some of the family members who were there. We once again send our deepest condolences to all the affected families.
We are also calling on traffic enforcement agencies to close the ranks by punishing all road traffic violations during the Easter holidays and beyond,” said Kaunda.

Kaunda together with Maphumulo mayor, Zibiyile Khuzwayo-Dlamini, also received a request from the community members, who informed them of their fear due to high rate of accidents in the area.

Subsequent to the request, Kaunda has assigned a team of engineers to conduct a thorough investigation and assessment on how to improve safety on this particular road.

“The topography in the area is very steep. However, a team has been assigned to urgently start conducting an inspection and advise on safety measures needed to save the lives of the people using this road.
“This will involve exploring possibilities of adding speed calming measures, more visible signage and retainer walls in some parts of the road.
“We also appeal to motorists to adhere to road rules and observe signs, because it is clearly marked that the speed limit cannot exceed 40 on this part of the road,” concluded Kaunda.

KwaZulu-Natal provincial government, working with the affected local municipality is working on a plan to meet with the affected families to provide assistance.

We are really hurt and disappointed at this disaster which occurred after we have been working for weeks to avoid such disasters.

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