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7 killed in Mpumalanga taxi crash

2013-01-14 07:11

Johannesburg - Seven people were killed near Balfour on Monday morning when a minibus taxi overturned, the Mpumalanga safety and security department said.

Spokesperson Moeti Mmusi said nine seriously injured people were taken to hospital in Balfour and Heidelberg.

It is believed that a tyre burst on the vehicle, which had been travelling on the R23 close to the provincial border with Gauteng.

Comments
  • lulama.mbelwa - 2013-01-14 07:31

    So many deaths in our roads, this can't be normal. Maybe we do need that cleansing Zuma spoke of, may their souls RIP.

      henniedotvanstaden - 2013-01-14 08:23

      The cleansing must start in the government, fire the people responsible, Martins and all the family members of government officials in Traffic Dept. posts in municipalities. All the Incompetent Traffic-Chiefs who are placed there because of their connections. I believe drinking and driving has an effect but I believe Taxis and Trucks are responsible for the most deaths on our roads. Everyone knows that most taxis and a lot of trucks do not abide by traffic rules. If you open a newspaper or see news it is mostly taxis and trucks involved in accidents and responsible for the deaths. People must be taught to abide by rules using roads, for instance, walk on pavements or towards oncoming traffic for example .

  • arthur.salvado - 2013-01-14 07:38

    Another taxi ! Look no further to stop killings on our roads. Sort out the taxi problem and then the other many problems. Hiding behind trees all day without water will NOT solve the problem. Is it so difficult to understand ?

  • sekalf.nroc - 2013-01-14 07:57

    problem is that the taxi lobby/industry controls part of the ANC!

  • idris.nomani - 2013-01-14 08:03

    As long as government turns a blind eye to taxi drivers, taxi bosses and the SA taxi industry...taxis will continue murdering innocent people. I won't be surprised that the powers in gov have stakes and interest in the taxi industry, hence the blind eye. More children n families will be without parents today thanks to these cold blooded killers!!

  • rob.bayliss.94 - 2013-01-14 08:03

    Too much too quickly in a country where 20 years ago freedom of movement and economic/practical capability of movement was minimal. Inevitably, the uncontrolled (minimally anyway) rapid increase in these factors has produced the inevitable 3rd world situation. Unroadworthy vehicles, incompetent drivers, inadequate roads. Difficult to put the clock back, stupid not to try to normalise.....but it will take some zero tolerance and a lot of management to fix anytime soon. Is anybody going to bother?

  • arthur.salvado - 2013-01-14 08:18

    Cops own taxis. What chance is there to reform this tragic set of events. ?? They go after speeding not that I condone speeding . In my early years of driving my 1984 Alfa in a 60k zone, it use to take me approximately 50m to stop . Modern cars stop in half that distance and yet instead of looking at the taxi problem, they want to catch you doing 79 in a 60 zone . 1 car, 4 cops ??? Sad

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2013-01-14 09:33

    Another taxi more deaths just a normal start to the day, by the end of the day there will be a few more. Its no use fitting governors because they will disable them. Best bet is to come down very hard on these drivers and pull them into line. Have a centre where one can report the driver for dangerous driving and the person should be given a reference no so that they can follow it up. Those taxis that get reported should be listed in the newpapers and follow ups done. If they cause an accident and it is found to be their fault, their licence should be suspended for 5 years, for dangerous driving licence suspended for a year. When this industry is pulled into line then we can work on other road users. Same should be for drunk drivers licences suspended. Taxi's need to wake up their drivers do not own the road, they need to obey the traffic laws same as everybody else, arrogance and attitude need to change.

  • darren.keet - 2013-01-14 10:39

    Maybe if the taxis and other cars were actually roadworthy, and the cops did their jobs, there wouldn't be so many unnecessary accidents.

  • rob.tubbs.39 - 2013-01-14 18:39

    7 killed and probably 36 more injured.. When is the Government going to stop this carnage? I would put money on it that the vast majority of Taxi's are not road-worthy. Too much corruption, too many Government officials involved in the Taxi Industry...

  • rob.tubbs.39 - 2013-01-16 18:31

    Yet another Taxi 'slaughter'..... Enough is enough. Dept of transport, get off your 'arses' and do something about this carnage, or was your Taxi involved????????

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