5 children dead as bakkie overturns in KZN

2012-08-21 18:17

Johannesburg - Five children, aged eight to 13, and an adult died when their bakkie overturned near Underberg, in KwaZulu-Natal, on Tuesday afternoon, paramedics said.

Another 13 children were injured, six of them critically, in the accident on the R617, ER24 spokesperson Derrick Banks said.

"When emergency personnel arrived on the scene, they found a bakkie had rolled numerous times, with patients strewn across the embankment."

KwaZulu-Natal transport and community safety spokesperson Kwanele Ncalane said the bakkie was carrying pupils from the Donnybrook and Blessed Luanda primary schools to Underberg when the driver lost control of the vehicle.

"According to eyewitnesses the driver was trying to overtake in a sharp bend. The driver also died on the scene," Ncalane said.

Banks said several children had been taken to a nearby clinic by the time paramedics arrived. The injured children were stabilised and taken to hospitals in Pietermaritzburg and the surrounding area.

Transport and Community Safety MEC Willies Mchunu offered his condolences and lamented the loss of the children.

"This once again confirms that road accidents are depriving us of the future generation of young people who can take this country forward.

"It is heart-breaking to lose such young people in a road accident."

  • logical007 - 2012-08-21 18:26

    When will the law be passed - NO passengers in the back of open vehicle.... also no person to travel in 1/2 /3 berth horse box (international law) not in SA... do what ever??

      Brett - 2012-08-21 18:29

      When I raised this very question about a year ago, I got told that the farmers had no other means to transport workers and we have to live with this dangerous practice. Africa. - 2012-08-21 18:42

      @Biker..what has Africa got to do with SA farmers transporting workers to work via bakkies in South Africa? You guys make me laugh with your ignorance. Whenever something goes wrong,you scream Africa.Africa this ,Africa that even though many of you have never even been to any other African country except on your PC. Africa is a shxthole ,Africa is dirt poor ,Africa is disease ridden, Africa is an enigma blah ,blah ,blah.Keep existing in your little sad assumption fabricated world.

      louis.langenhoven - 2012-08-21 18:52

      Let me say that once all the children (and adults) travelling in cars are safely buckled up (are yours?), the vehicles are road worthy and the drivers are properly licensed, I will ban people travelling on open vehicles. This last option is very logical ito risk but very impractical for a 3rd world country and the transport needs therof.

      johan.arendse.90 - 2012-08-21 18:53

      Farmers should hire buses to ferry their workers.Or they should invest in buying a bus themselves.Nope,they convert trucks and use those same trucks to ferry farm goods again.

      henri.lombard - 2012-08-21 19:03, i take it from your name you havent left you room in like 20 years? unlike most close minded people like you, it doesnt take much to know when something is a problem, prevention is better than cure, i do hope you use prevention(protection) as we have enough of you intellec running around !!!

      lacrimose.wolf - 2012-08-21 19:04

      @logical007 - that law was passed in 1996. The enforcement we are still waiting for.

      Brett - 2012-08-21 20:16

      Eish Zoolie, what can I say? You hit the nail on the head! If your name is Xbox, imagine when last you have seen any sunlight, let alone know what the problems are plaguing Africa.

      hermann.hanekom - 2012-08-21 21:25

      It is not the bakkie to blame, it is the driver - careless and callous.

  • henri.lombard - 2012-08-21 18:49

    In the states if your not buckled in, your not allowed. but let them continue, they will find blame some where else!!!

  • bob.small.7547 - 2012-08-21 19:08

    20 in a bakkie?? Ludicrous..! They on about speed kills, yes it does, but overloading certainly kills a lot more in one go!

  • sean.moran.58726 - 2012-08-21 19:40

    These bakkies do have canopies and are not open. The problem here is driver recklessness and not the vehicle. Speed kills and if you drive on those roads in that area like I do you would realise that if the SAPS just did their job correctly alot of these accidents would be avoided by taking reckless drivers off the road. These kids get sent from past Bulwer to go to school in Donnybrook instead of the closer schools because their parents want to send them to the best school in the area where the teachers still care and give quality education unlike the other closer schools who are more worried about pay day than work day.

  • wendy.schneider3 - 2012-08-21 19:48

    who the hell censor the comments? are you anc biased or are you just stupid. what happened to freedom of speach?

  • wendy.schneider3 - 2012-08-21 19:52

    it more important to burn down the town hall..........and take bribes

  • renier.lubbe.7 - 2012-08-21 22:11

    "According to eyewitnesses the driver was trying to overtake in a sharp bend" Again another unnecessary accident caused by driver arrogance. The type of vehicle might have limited the injuries but the accident was caused by the driver not the vehicle.

  • sandra.simpson1984 - 2012-08-22 07:38

    19 people in one bakkie!!!!!!!!!!

      rvbrink - 2012-08-22 08:38

      The back of a bakkie is made for transporting goods and Not People. Even if it has a canopy on. The canopy is only secured by 4 clips.

  • sharron.forsyth - 2012-09-02 16:21

    The driver is at fault on all counts. Allowing passengers to travel on an open vehicle which is illegal, driving like a lunatic which I may say is also illegal. The complete disregard for other lives is beyond me.

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