8 schoolchildren die in KZN taxi crash

2012-09-16 17:06

Johannesburg -  Eight children died and six were critically injured when their taxi collided with a car, KwaZulu-Natal police said on Sunday morning.

"The taxi was transporting young children from a function [on Saturday] night when it collided with another car and veered into a river," Lieutenant Colonel Vincent Mdunge said.

The accident happened between Bergville and Ladysmith after 18:00.

The children died of severe injuries and drowning, he said.

"The driver was believed to be among those who have passed away."

  • johan.jacobs.5680 - 2012-09-16 17:21

    Travelling is suicidal,at the present.

  • yangmanfrom.sawthafriqa - 2012-09-16 17:34

    Aubrey would you please go back to school,you need education, the stupid anc got absolutely nothing to do with this unfortunate death of our lil ones, ret#rd

      shaun.cousins1 - 2012-09-16 17:47

      ahh "the stupid anc" I like that....there is no respect for other road users...yip like there is no respect for government

  • goldwright - 2012-09-16 17:36

    Another KZN accident and more innoncent children die. Won't presume to know what was the cause of the accident as there's not much info here, but a taxi and a car collide..... Until those in charge stop paying lip service with their empty words and really get tough on enforcing the rules of the road and good driving, people will continue to die in such accidents. There is a general culture of driving on our roads where there is little personal responsibility taken for bad driving, people drive with little concern for the consequences of their reckless driving. I fear though we are fighting a loosing battle in this country on our roads, and it is going to take a long time to stop these kinds of accidents. I would say we are in a crisis situation on our roads.

      nettie.potgieter.5 - 2012-09-16 17:41

      You are 100 correct about recless driving. On the radio news they reported that the taxi hit a cow before falling off a bridge into the river.

      Alfjoe - 2012-09-16 18:58

      Ignorance and carelesns. S. A has got the best roads in africa bt if yu look at the % of accidents in those roads, 1 wonders y?

      william.letsong.5 - 2012-09-16 19:20

      Agree nettie, TV news reports the taxi hit a cow.

  • PrettyUsefulArt - 2012-09-16 18:12

    Agge no man!! That's beyond tragic. Their poor parents...

  • mullervince - 2012-09-16 18:35

    The ANC's public transport. The murderers are the ruling party, the ANC and their alliances. Probably the worst and most dangerous public transport in the world. Go to Europe and see how it is done, then you'll realise that the government prior 94 were light years ahead of the ANC today. They at least had decent public transport..

      Alfjoe - 2012-09-16 18:51

      Are u saying the anc is the owner of tht taxi or wat?

      guy.bishop1 - 2012-09-16 18:55

      The current taxi situation is a result of the pre 94 government.

      koos.meyer.52 - 2012-09-16 19:06

      Alfjoe - read my comment above, the state is sh$t scared of the taxi industry. Here in Durban Metro Cops own taxi's. SARS refuses to collect income tax from them, they are a law unto theselves. But one death on the mine and ANC is screaming. 34 dead in a taxi, and deadly silence from the ANC - eish, it was an accident...

      michelle.kirsten - 2012-09-16 19:22

      Seriously? You can't even drum up a tiny iota of sympathy?? Pretty sure the children weren't to blame...

      Ntsikelelo - 2012-09-17 00:28

      Are we now gona blame the government for everything that happens?? Including MVA??!! Was Zuma suppose to be driving that taxi or maybe asked the school to hire another taxi that wouldn't have crashed?? Come on people we can't blame everything on the government,even events one could have prevented. An my sister or brother don't ever say the pre-democracy government was better than this one, unless you are were part of the minority. No matter what's happening now atleast no head of a household is given less respect than a white man's dog. Don't be too quick to forget.

  • ndyeboreginaldmazawule - 2012-09-16 18:53

    Oh poor young souls, still unusual.

  • hennie.deruyter - 2012-09-16 19:28

    Zero tolerance in KZN is directed at those driving 10km/h faster than the speed limit on the N3 and N2. As far as all other roads and road laws are concerned it is a free for all!

  • bridgett.lekgari - 2012-09-16 19:39

    May there souls rest in peace..

  • faizieishlah.shabalala - 2012-09-16 20:27

    If you want to see a dangerous bridge in a shocking state or repair then go to the bridge at the Loskop turnoff on the Bergville Estcourt road. Safety rails are missing . The bridge is used daily to transport kids to school and the sick to the clinic. One car has already fallen 30 metres into the river.

  • mjovowabantwana.langa - 2012-09-17 10:01

    It very painful that kids had to die in that crash I wonder what was the speed of that taxi cos taxi most taxi drivers don't think for other people I wish the waz a way to stop this kind of killing thou its very hard but please sonke let's think for other people when we drive ma south africa

  • Carol Steenkamp - 2013-04-10 16:57

    And so the carnage continues... I heard the other day from a lady who climbed into a taxi...full of drunk men, INCLUDING the driver!! The only sober two in the taxi were herself and another woman, wanting to get home safely to their families after a long hard days work... After almost colliding with numerous other motor vehicles, speeding and skipping red robots, they eventually arrived at their destination... The arrogance of (THE TAXI THUGS) who think that they can take other people's lives into their hands like that!?!

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