2 killed while trying to make U-turn

2012-01-01 08:14

Mahikeng - Two people were killed and another was injured when two cars collided on the R49 road between Mahikeng and Zeerust in the North West on Saturday, the provincial human settlements and public safety department said.

Two women - both in their fifties - tried to make a U-turn after they missed an offramp, said department spokesperson Lesiba Moses Kgwele.

A Volkswagen Golf then collided with the Toyota Run X the women were travelling in. The women died on the scene and the 39-year-old driver of the Golf was taken to hospital with serious injuries.

A case of culpable homicide and reckless and negligent driving has been opened.

  • Eric Schollar - 2012-01-01 09:01

    More insane South African driving. Really feel sorry for the Golf driver.

  • Anthony - 2012-01-01 09:03

    ...........u turn

  • Hennie - 2012-01-01 09:46

    "A case of culpable homicide and reckless and negligent driving has been opened." Againt whom???Surely it must be the two woman(which is not quite possilble).The guy with the Golf was not in the the wrong????

      Emily-Jane Elson - 2012-01-01 10:26

      It is against the woman.. It's normal procedure though. I was in a bad car accident caused completely by the other party and I was also read my rights etc when I eventually got out of hospital and went to give my statement.. Crazy..

      Choba Sikwane - 2012-01-01 11:19

      I agree with you. There should not be a case against the golf driver. But then again, this is South Africa...nothing ever goes right!

      roger.pacey - 2012-01-01 11:32

      It's automatic if you survive an accident where people are killed. Assuming the surviving driver did nothing wrong, the charges will be dropped. It should be nothing more than a formality

  • Sifiso Mahlaba - 2012-01-01 10:04

    People need to learn to always remain calm and collected whenever they are travelling in unfamiliar places. Oh and dont drink and drive.

  • emile.eley - 2012-01-01 11:37

    Forget about lowering spped limits. Start with lowering the stupidity of a large proportion of SA drivers first.

  • Benmica - 2012-01-01 13:34

    Test every person whos license is older than 4 years who are caught breaking any road regulations. Suspend their license immediately.

  • Cathy - 2012-01-01 14:58

    A case has been opened against whom? The deceased drivers who made the U turn or the poor driver of the VW who is in a serious condition in hospital?

      Ian - 2012-01-01 16:57

      maybe against the department of basic education woodwork class

  • Natascha - 2012-01-01 15:00

    It's not these idiots ability to drive that should be called into question, I am sure if they are retested annually they would pass. It is not about whether you can drive or not, but the decisions you make while driving. The best driver can make the dumbest choice and end up dead.

  • Bob - 2012-01-01 15:54

    Bush intelligence behind the wheel of a car...! No normal sane and responsible person makes a U Turn on a freeway! It’s simple, if you miss our off ramp…carry on till the next one and double back.. What part of this do these idiots not get!!

  • Ian - 2012-01-01 16:49


  • Harold - 2012-01-01 17:22

    Is making a U=Turn so serious a crime that you recieve the death sentence?

      Boer - 2012-01-01 17:40

      no, but it leads to deaths

  • Boer - 2012-01-01 17:42

    making a u-turn is unforgivable. probably one of the major causes of fatal accidents because it is so unexpected and catches the victim unawares.

      Anton - 2012-01-01 18:08

      I agree boer. Whats worse though is that the changes are 10:1 that there was an offramp about 2km further that they could use to drive back may be onther 5km to get to the correct offramp legally. In total the detour would have been may be 10 km or 5min. But the first option that South African consider is the illegal option and that is where they stop. If South Africans start to realise that the illegal option is never an option, they will see that the legal option is the better more efficient option. I bet you these women stood more than 5min in a dangerous illegal position on the highway, waiting to take a gap in the traffic.

  • Tshepo Molemi - 2012-01-03 10:33

    the 2 women raised me. and Yes, they made a mistake, and payed dearly for it !! If anyone's been on that "FreeWay" / knows Zeerust, you'll know that the route is a small 2 lane. hardly a freeway. The accident took place near Zeerust, not Mahikeng as reported. The Golf driver is not in ANY serious condition. He's fine, and we spoke to him after the accident (we = Family of deceased), and he's doing ok, and we apologized for any inconvenience caused. A case opened:- It's just normal procedure. does not mean it's his fault. May their souls rest in peace.

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