12 killed in Mpumalanga taxi crashes

2011-10-08 14:24

Johannesburg - Two minibus taxi accidents on the N2 in Mpumalanga claimed the lives of 12 people and left 11 others injured, said the Mpumalanga Community Safety, Security and Liaison department on Saturday.

Spokesperson Joseph Mabuza said four people died when a taxi collided with a truck that was u-turning on the freeway near Ermelo on Friday night.

Six people were seriously injured and taken to the Piet Retief Hospital.

Mabuza said the truck driver initially ran away after the accident, but later handed himself over to police. He was charged with culpable homicide and reckless driving.

On Saturday morning, eight people were killed when a taxi overturned after one of its tyres burst.

Five people were seriously injured and taken to Ermelo hospital.

Mpumalanga Community Safety, Security and Liaison MEC Vusi Shongwe sent his condolences to the families of those who were killed in the accidents.

Shongwe commended the police for charging the truck driver. He said it would ensure that drivers take road safety seriously.

  • Rakgope - 2011-10-08 14:43

    More deaths again through some careless driving. Really if people are not prepared to practise responsible driving no amount of policing will ever reduce road accidents. Not even the reduction of speed limit to 50km/h will reduce the carnage on our roads.This is very bad anywhere in the world. May their souls rest in peace and may their relatives find peace in the knowledge that we all share their grief!

  • chantal de pierres - 2011-10-08 15:05

    Cheap chinese tyres?

  • Ifafa - 2011-10-08 15:47

    Forget the 100km/h speed limit. Make it law for all taxi/busses have 60 km/h govenors fitted. If it is found the govenor has been interfered with, the vechile should be crushed.

  • Ifafa - 2011-10-08 15:49

    Forget 100km?h speed limit. Make it law all taxi/busses fitted with 60 km/h govenor. I found govenor interfered with, crush the vechile!

  • colin.dovey - 2011-10-08 15:54

    The taxi "industry" seems to be totally out of control, and a law unto itself. The pity is, that in SA we do not have an efficient public transport system. The Gautrain is very nice in theory, but it has become an elitist train, and the feeder buses from the stations run empty most of the time. Clearly something is wrong here. In Jhb, a commuter from Soweto can take 2 and 1/2 HOURS - ONE WAY - to travel just 37 km from home to work. The trains and buses are not being used properly, and the taxi recap program has stalled. What a shambles!

      RACINGCAT - 2011-10-08 16:24

      That is one thing I will blame on the apartheid government. If we had had a suitable public transport system we wouldnt have the taxis...They had the opportunity to nip it in the bud but didnt. like having your measles shot...

  • JustGoblins - 2011-10-08 16:23

    They claim years back that taxis are not safe. So they equip the fool with a bigger safer bus with bulbars. But they don't replace the stupid fool behind the steering wheel. The biggest problem with curbing this problem is they're a Mafia-style organisation. Bring in the Irish to sort them out - ! Too many cowards running this show

  • Gelien Botha - 2011-10-08 16:54

    Wild thing you make my heart sing.Just roll on taxi's

      dithala - 2011-10-08 16:59

      I guess you sing kill the boer hit, that is the only song that our hearts are allowed to sing.

  • KarooOstrich - 2011-10-08 17:01

    @ Racingcat what an absurd statement. The old Nat.govt. HAD a good public transport system in place. I grew up in Cape Town + in the 60's + 70's we used the trains + busses to school + later to work every day. The system was safe + reliable + we used our cars at weekends. The whole railway system was st^ffed up by the ANC govt. + allowed to go to wreck + ruin. The other problem with using public transport now is crime. The trains are full of thugs + skollies who are allowed the freedom to do as they please. The present govt. "inherited " a transport system with all the infrastructure where everything worked. Go ask them why they chose to st^ff it up the way they did.

      RACINGCAT - 2011-10-08 17:20

      In Ct you were smiling In JHB not I also grew up in the sixties like you but Worked in town. With a lot of black people from Soweto.Biggest frustration was these guys coming in late for work already buggered.I agree that the buses to the (white)suburbs were a lot better than they were now but not for the sowetan commuters.What rail infrastructure was in place Did work as you say... It simply was not enough for peak periods.I wasnt talking quality here but quantity. An extra line to Soweto from JHB would have worked wonders. Just to get the people in and out quicker.When I used to visit CT it was like paradise transport wise. I still think that the Nats could have jacked the service up In JHB.Agree with you on maintenance there wouldnt be any now..Hope this clears up my absurd statement a bit.

  • sipholess - 2011-10-08 19:15

    Rock and roll.........

  • numbatoo - 2011-10-08 21:19

    It is common knowlege that taxi drivers do not comply with any rules or laws, or respect other drivers prepared to 'stand their ground' agaist such reckless individuals. Shame for the passengers who have no choice but to make up the victims list. China needs YOU!

      KarooOstrich - 2011-10-08 21:30

      Yea, what a struggle to get a firearm licence for self defence. But U can get behind the steering wheel of a fully laden Hi Ace, drive hell for leather + mow down as many people as U like + all the authorities do is talk about it. We don't want talk we want action.

  • Yar - 2011-10-09 20:12

    This is the natural product of all of the ANC-inspired efforts: - corruption at licensing stations - concentrating on speeding on downhills only - ignoring other moving violations (I bet Mpumalanga hasn't issued a ticket for a U-turn in 17 years) - corruption by traffic officials - concentrating on fried chicken wings - ensuring that officials have illegal/personalised number plates - intimidating witnesses at crash-sites where police chiefs are intoxicated - Ensuring that traffic lights do not work for weeks on end - Parties - bribery - Chicken thighs and chips - Asking members of the public for lunch - Larger uniforms to accommodate their victories against anorexia. I just love Affirmative Action.

  • Jason - 2011-10-13 12:09

    Truck and Taxi Drivers will never EVER take road safety seriously, PS on the M2 yesterday and unmarked white Focus with four of our upstanding Police gents in, were bobbing and weving in and out of traffic (No blue lights/no siren), over taking in the yellow lane, they dont give a flying f*ck about safety!! I pulled from the middle lane to the slow lane to take the turn off, and they just flew past me in the yellow lane and continued driving like a c*nt - gotta love SA man!!

  • Snoopy88 - 2011-10-13 12:15

    A truck making a U-turn on a freeway at night..!!!???? Now that is just beyond stupid.

  • violet.mashego - 2013-02-28 15:46

    I am on the road everyday driving to work - The way our people drove is so painful. Most of our drivers are short tempered,specially Taxi and other big cars. Because of Taxi drivers truck drivers also the loose temper. Wishing every body to drive well and take time, then accidents wont happened.

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