10 killed in Limpopo truck, taxi collision

2012-02-07 09:43

Pretoria - Ten people were killed in a collision between a truck and a minibus near Makhado in Limpopo on Tuesday, police said.

Six injured people were rushed to hospital, Limpopo police spokesperson Ronel Otto said.

"The facts about the accident are still coming in now and my colleague is on the way to the scene.

"We will be updating you on the information," she said.

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  • procold2 - 2012-02-07 09:49

    daily accidents reported on and the common denominator is "TAXI" when is this industry going to be regulated properly.

      Willie - 2012-02-07 09:53

      Min of transport,mec of transport they will visit the site and talk nonsense as usual

      Irene - 2012-02-07 09:59

      If the industry is properly regulated, they'll have to pay tax and it's much easier to just sponge off other people than make the fair and square contribution! If these marauding thugs were regulated and forced to pay tax like the rest of us, can you just imagine the chaos they'll cause!

      Clive - 2012-02-07 10:17

      More to the point: when are the road traffic authorities, starting with the big mouth minister, going to start applying the laws to truck and taxi operators? Or are those industries "too black" to confront? And when will Useless Radebe's justice department start imposing heavy fines, jail sentences and licence cancellations on serious offenders?

      Zulumfana - 2012-02-07 10:44

      Most traffic cops own taxis in my home town.

      MandrewZA - 2012-02-07 10:48

      Report them at Let's try do something for ourselves and maybe we can make it better.

      sean - 2012-02-07 10:54

      Does that now mean that the reverse is taking place in South Africa:"SA murders exceed road deaths -survey, 2012-02-06 19:11" to SA road deaths exceed murders -survey.As was said yesterday in that article.

  • Thobela - 2012-02-07 09:49

    how sad

      Shannon - 2012-02-07 10:02

      Reply to the person who gave a thumbs down to Thobela's comment. What kind of animal are you that you would dislike a comment like that. Stop hiding behind the anonymity of a thumb down and let us know why you dont like that comment. Wierdo!

      Gerhard - 2012-02-07 10:16

      I would like to say it was a taxi driver that gave a thumbs down, but I doubt it. Do you think they like driving those death traps that their bosses refuse to maintain? It can only be taxi bosses that give a thumbs down, or possibly the Transport Minister.

      John - 2012-02-07 10:18

      @Shannon It's called "push topic buton" Thobela, this is realy sad!

  • Gerhard - 2012-02-07 09:50

    Oh look, another taxi accident where innocent passengers died. And the Transport Minister just looks on......

      Ian - 2012-02-07 09:56

      wrong, he is not looking at anything, his snout is well embedded in the trough, gravy gravy lots of gravy

      miyo27 - 2012-02-07 10:00

      why would they do anything else? the less time they chasing taxis, the more time they have to collect admission of guilt fines at roadblocks. they don't give a rats ass about taxis

  • miyo27 - 2012-02-07 09:50

    oh no, another texi. They should start calling them hearses.

  • Tuskal - 2012-02-07 09:52

    Maybe it's the truck that was at fault this time. LEt's not quickly assume...

      Stefan - 2012-02-07 10:22

      @Tuskal... How is it even possible not to assume that after just driving on any road for one day? Except for ALWAYS having idiotic taxi drivers driving in a non-turn lane to push in front of other drivers (who actually waited their turn in the correct lane) or jumping the traffic by driving in the EMERGENCY LANE, they don't care at all to take huge risks. I even sat one day in traffic on a normal one-lane road for both directions and the traffic was moving very slow in our lane because of an accident ahead. Would you think the taxi drivers would sit in that traffic? No, they actually drove in the oncoming lane with a bend ahead while you cannot see anything at all. The taxi drivers must just stop to see themselves higher than the rest of the community and try to act normal for a change.

      Zulumfana - 2012-02-07 10:36

      @Taxi apparently broke down in the middle of the bridge, It was mentioned on national radio this morning.

      Stefan - 2012-02-07 11:42

      @Zulumfana, broke down in the middle of the bridge or stopped in the middle of the bridge to pick up passangers? Just asking...

      Zulumfana - 2012-02-07 14:08

      @Stefan news reporter stated 'broke down' and impossibility for truck to avoid collision. But anything is possible with taxis, they could stop in the middle of a bridge to pickup passengers.

  • Nitro - 2012-02-07 09:53

    Eish Dead Dead Dead

      methedex - 2012-02-07 10:17

      Trevor Noah!!!

      Nitro - 2012-02-07 10:27

      hahaha the one and only

  • Youefoh - 2012-02-07 09:57

    I feel no sympathy for these people. They sit in the back of the Taxi and laugh when we all cut them off or shout at them for how they driving, well, it's all a joke to them. Condolences to the FAMILY though.

      Shannon - 2012-02-07 10:02

      Disgusting comment!

      Irene - 2012-02-07 10:12

      Youefoh - fully agree with you. Shannon - PO.

      Jabu - 2012-02-07 10:28

      You feel no smpathy when people have died? u r a moron!!

      Shannon - 2012-02-07 10:33

      To Youefoh and Irene. Seriously? People die... they are not statistics and are mothers, fathers, children etc. Families are going to suffer from this and you feel no sympathy. I doubt very much either of you have ever been in a taxi. I have plenty times, and you have no say in the driving of the taxis. I was thrown off a taxi by a driver in CT for complaining that he was driving too fast. Irene....PO? You are clearly a well educated woman if thats the best constructive comment you can come up with! Not!

      Jomah - 2012-02-07 10:58

      @Sharon, If you have no say in the driving of the taxi or complain about the speed/unroadworthiness/drunken driving etc, then why risk your life in getting into the taxi in the first place. Take responsibility of your own safety!

      Stefan - 2012-02-07 11:32

      @Shannon... I do not believe Youefoh meant it like you think he did. I do, however, have to agree with him. Yes, it is not nice to hear that people have died, but when are the passengers going to start acting against these morons? Like Youefoh said, they just sit in the taxi's not saying a word and only too happy to get to work on time, while the drivers get more money as they arrive at their destinations quicker.

      Stefan - 2012-02-07 11:37

      And another thing. What is the use of taxi ranks and busstops if the taxi's anyway just stop where they want to to pick up pasangers? Doesn't these pasangers find it at all dangerous if a vehicle comes to full stop in fast moving trafic?

  • Justin - 2012-02-07 09:58

    and yet they said in a "recent study" that you are more likely to die on a bicycle than in a taxi!!!!! i havent read one story since then telling me of 2 or three killed in a bicycle accident!!!!! get all these scrap taxis and drivers off the road!!!

  • Clive - 2012-02-07 10:12

    Thousands of people die every year in taxi-related accidents and Cosatu and the unions say not a word. Contrast this with the mining industry where there is a huge outcry when one man dies, and the unions threaten prosecution, strikes, and all sorts of mayhem. Now, don't get me wrong: having worked most of my life in the mining industry I totally agree that one death is one too many. But the unions would be taken more seriously if they confronted taxi owners over their total disregard for safety and the rules of the road. Many of the accidents are a direct result of flagrant breaches of the labour laws, when drivers are forced to work very long hours in order to earn a decent wage. Why don't the unions - and indeed the government - speak out against this blatant exploitation? And then there is the unroadworthy state of many taxis - again taxi owners cutting costs to enrich themselves while putting ordinary peoples' lives at risk. Bribery and corruption? Don't even go there! No, the taxi industry is a law unto itself, and nothing is going to change the high accident stats until our lackadaisical government starts putting the country ahead of its internal squabbling - not likely in this year of conferences.

      Marion - 2012-02-07 11:01

      I agree with you about how the huge outcry when one man dies in a rockfall in a mine and about unsafe mining conditions etc. Perhaps it is past time for the taxi industry to become unionised. That is the solution. Cosatu, get moving on this one. I have travelled in these taxis and some of the drivers have scared the life out of me. Those new taxis are so scarce that you cannot even wait for one of them to come along or you'll be waiting all day.

  • Henriette - 2012-02-07 10:22

    And yet another Taxi accident! The truck will probably get the blame. How many more of our people must be killed before the goverment takes action against the taxis? I travel the N2 from the Helderberg basin daily to Cape Town. The attitude and total disregard of all commom road rules are amazing. Yet nothing is being done about the Taxi Mafia, because all are scared of them (this includes government, police and metro police)!! Put a stop to this! Our people are being butchered by them!

  • KallieHungBal - 2012-02-07 10:23

    Millions and millions spent on "Speed Kills" campaigns where the problem lies somewhere else. Use the campaign money to employ more officers to specifically monitor taxis and the drivers. Go into taxi ranks with full force and remove unlicensed, unroadworthy taxis from the road immediately.

  • MBA - 2012-02-07 10:28

    Sad, innocent people killed again.

  • Freddy - 2012-02-07 10:34

    just get rit of this taxies and implement a decent Bus and puplic transport system!! Or does the transport Minister not care about ur fellow citysens dying on the roads on a dayli basis???!! Sad very sad!! Fred

      Gerhard - 2012-02-07 10:42

      We have a decent system, it's called the Gautrain. Oh wait, their on strike. Never mind....

      Clive - 2012-02-07 12:44

      Gerhard, the Gautrain is no use to anyone outside Gauteng.

      Gerhard - 2012-02-07 14:01

      Clive, they will be extending the Gautrain to serve all of SA very soon. Taxpayers just need to fork out another few billion. So give them a few more years and a lot of your hard earned money.

  • Marion - 2012-02-07 10:53

    May the dead RIP and the injured recover fully. Often truck and taxi collisions reported. Very strange.

  • Jacqui - 2012-02-07 11:19

    Taxi drivers are brothers and therefore above the law. I thought you knew that.

  • wmanamela - 2012-02-07 11:26

    @gerhard, there Gautrain in Limpopo???,thought my taxes were used to build one in Gauteng , now there's one in Limpopo??, I must read the 'tabloids' more often ...LOL!!

      Gerhard - 2012-02-07 13:59

      Not yet but Malema's cousin won the tender to build it all the way to Polokwane. They will change its name to Limpgautrain.

  • benaicker - 2012-02-07 11:34

    Taxi are a threat to our SA roads. They either drive too fast or too slow. It is annoying. Where did these drivers get their lisences. Remove all taxis from the roads.

  • Kenneth Mphatheleni Mudau - 2012-02-07 11:50

    It is sad, may all rest in peace. The most sad thing is how quickly and very often are taxi drivers judged, a lot is expected of them since they responsible for the lives of many who are dependent on public transport to their different destinations, yet this doesnt mean they are the wrong people when a taxi is involved in an accident, they might be the victims too. lets stop being one sided. we all rush in life

  • Derek - 2012-02-07 11:54

    taxis = pcu's - population control unit

      Mhlophe - 2012-02-07 13:45

      HIACE - Hi Impact African Culling Equipment

  • Mhlophe - 2012-02-07 12:02

    Condolences to family and friend of the deceased.

  • Muzerewa - 2012-02-07 12:12

    what i hate and know is going to be said by those who claim to believers is that GOD let this/these things happen it was those people's time etc. YES it maybe but WE alter GOD's PLANS in what we say or do even what we THINK. what we need is if we on the road, to be more careful(nothin hard there) be more considerate to one another in every aspect, respectfull more love for what we do be it work fun times etc.

  • Shannon - 2012-02-07 12:19

    To all you commenting that it is the taxi's fault, or "I feel no sympathy for these people. They sit in the back of the Taxi and laugh when we all cut them off or shout at them for how they driving", or "Taxi & Limpopo" etc.......... just been reported on SABC that the truck veered into the oncoming traffic taking out the taxi, and killing all those people. Truck driver fatigue suspected (driver killed). Perhaps lets wait for the facts before jumping! RIP all those who lost their lives.

      Irene - 2012-02-07 12:46

      Gee Shannon, don't you have anything better to do than listen to news from the SABC? Worst part is that you believe everything coming out of the ANC propaganda machine. Shame.

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