ANC sends condolences after KZN crash kills 10

2014-12-01 12:51
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Johannesburg - The ANC on Monday sent condolences to the families of the 10 people who died when a bakkie collided with a truck on the R22 in northern KwaZulu-Natal at the weekend.

"On behalf of the entire ANC membership in KwaZulu-Natal, I wish to send our heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of those who have lost their lives in this horrific accident," ANC provincial secretary Sihle Zikalala said in a statement.

Nine people died on the scene at 19:00 on Sunday. Provincial emergency services spokesperson Robert McKenzie said the death toll had since risen to 10.

"We can now confirm that 10 people, including a child, aged between 4 and 7, were killed in the accident," he said.

All 10 were passengers in the bakkie, and it was believed some of them were related. Three people were injured and taken to a local hospital. The truck driver was not hurt.

The National Freedom Party (NFP) urged motorists to be vigilant on the roads.

"Losing so many people at one go is terrible. While we do not have the details of what exactly happened, we wish to urge motorists to be vigilant," party leader Zanele KaMagwaza-Msibi said in a statement.

She said road carnage could be prevented if road users obeyed the rules of the road, drove roadworthy vehicles, at the legal speed limit, and did not overload.

"As we approach the festive season, we know that relatives who have been away from the beginning of the year will be travelling from their places of work to their homes, and some will be travelling in extended groups, which is why we urge road users to be vigilant and exercise extra caution," he said.

"On behalf of the NFP, I wish to extend my condolences to the relatives of the victims."

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