At least 19 killed in Western Cape crash

2011-11-15 07:14

Cape Town - At least 19 people, including two children, were killed and eight others injured on Tuesday in an accident involving two minibuses and a truck in the Karoo, police said.

A trailer of a minibus taxi hit a truck between Leeu-Gamka and Prince Albert Road around 01:00, Captain Malcolm Poje said.

He said the minibus taxi overturned after it was rammed from behind by another taxi that was following it.

"The main cause of the accident is not clear at this stage as police are still working on the scene," Pojie said.

"It appeared all the people who died were the occupants of the minibus taxis."

They were declared dead on the scene.

The injured were taken to a local hospital.

A culpable homicide docket was opened.

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  • mark.davy2 - 2011-11-15 07:27

    Good grief....The carnage is never ending...!

      MissGremlin - 2011-11-15 08:57

      Bizarre numbers of dead and injured coming through. 20 dead, 1 critical injury, 8 further mild injured, and 15 unhurt. Total of 44 accounted for. Puts 1 truck driver and then 21 or 22 persons in each taxi. The braking system was never designed with that kind of abuse in mind.

  • John - 2011-11-15 07:27

    Speed doesn't kill's stupid, greedy, incompetent fools using their taxi's as weapons of mass destruction. The idiots shouldn't be let loose on our roads with a wheelbarrow, never mind a power driven vehicle and until they are regulated to their eyeballs, this carnage will continue!

      tbooze - 2011-11-15 08:49

      its greed from the taxi bosses , these taxi drivers go for weeks around this time without a sleep to reach a target set by the owners.

      John - 2011-11-15 09:14

      tbooze - November 15, 2011 at 08:49 You have to take responsibility for your own actions and the taxi bosses are not driving like maniacs! The drivers are the problem as they are the ones pushing themselves for more money and if they are serious about safety, they should speak up if targets are unattainable.

      tbooze - 2011-11-15 09:34

      its a shame that more accidents like this will happen along the karoo route to EC . more roadblocks are needed on that road

      Ettienne - 2011-11-15 09:51

      This is just outrages. It is unreal how many accidents take place on this stretch of road, especially with Taxis and Buses. Recently, the NDOT implemented a new law that all buses will have TWO drivers, on long stretches of travelling. Why has this not been implemented with Taxis and trucks? In my opinion, and unfortunately we do not have the facts at hand yet, reading the story indicates to me the possibility that the one taxi overtook the other, but there was not sufficient space to pass and the one being passed, could not brake in time, therefore colliding with the other after first collision. Irrelevant of what happened, loss of life is not justified. Condolences to the families of the deceased.

      Van - 2011-11-15 10:58

      The passangers were all eager to fight apartheid but it seems they are spineless to take the fight to the taxi industry. Wonder why?

  • Paul - 2011-11-15 07:29

    And the carnage continues. All the money put into 'Arrive Alive' could be better spent elsewhere as it's campaign has never been effective.

      Anthony - 2011-11-15 08:11

      only on those taxi drivers, the government is helping them with petrol. never see them complain about petrol increase. dont pay for tollgates,they get away with murder that,s it. Do away with government cars and let them use taxis only.

  • Riku - 2011-11-15 07:31

    "A trailer of a minibus taxi hit a truck" Was the taxi over taking and the oncoming truck hit the trailer. If you drive legally this can never happen on a straight road. Taxis busses need to be governed at max 80km/h

  • eouna - 2011-11-15 07:33

    introduce speed governers as a requirement for all public transport vehicles

      David - 2011-11-15 08:21

      Yes Eouna, that will help. As will the introuction of competent drivers with legal lisences

  • John - 2011-11-15 07:34

    The Government is quick to close a mine shaft or factory if there is a serious accident or death but does nothing about the mayhem on our roads. If a Boeing 747 crashed there would be large loss of life and a big investigation into the cause, but South African road casualties are equal to 2 Boeing 747's crashing a month and all we get are some mealie-mouthed platitudes. Traffic control must be taken from municipalities. Their only interest in road safety is to collect money to cover the shortfall caused by non-payment of rates and electricity

      Robbie - 2011-11-15 07:44

      Well said John

      John - 2011-11-15 07:45

      These fools are a law onto themselves and until their vehicles are destroyed when they block roads and threaten everyone, nothing will happen. With them it should be to fight fire with fire until they comply to normal behaviour and to hell with their human rights until they decide to become human!

      Peter - 2011-11-15 08:04

      Spot on John. I travel from the East Rand to the West Rand, on Main Reef Road towards Krugersdorp everyday. The rule of law is non-existent. Laws are broken 'in front of Metro cops' and the cops look the other way, and even wave at the drivers. Obviously something stinks about this 'friendly' relationship, and I think it is the STINK of corruption, bribery, and self enrichment. Don't believe me ? then drive on Main Reef road and see for yourself.

  • Nyati_Photo - 2011-11-15 07:40

    Once again the Mini Bus Taxi is involved. Driving through the night, toooo long behind the wheel, lack of concentration - boom !! They never learn !! RIP to all the innocent travellers !!!

  • AntiThesis - 2011-11-15 07:45

    I wonder how long till the government even try and regulate these tools. They are responsible for 100's of lives daily, but act with total disregards for the lives they carry as a rule of thumb. I wonder what the stats look like for taxi-related deaths on our roads this year.

      John - 2011-11-15 07:58

      The way to regulated these idiots are to weed out the trash by subjecting each and every taxi driver to advanced driving courses, psychoanalysis testing and fitness testing. If they pass, they should be on probation for three years and any mishap, even a minor fender bender, should be investigated by a dedicated body. A system of three strikes and out should be implemented for any incident they caused. Also have them re-tested annually and all this should be for their own account and the ones remaining should be ready to be in charge of people's lives.

      Phillip - 2011-11-15 07:59

      Good question,anyone??

  • Victor - 2011-11-15 07:51

    Taxi related deaths is on the hands of the ANC. This sub-standard public transport is the approved transport by the ANC with one of their alliances, the taxi industry. And looking at how these idiots drive without being properly punished, it is not difficult to blame the deaths of commuters killed due to taxi accidents solely on the government. From a 1st world to a 3rd world, and still going strong

      fredahsm - 2011-11-15 08:26

      Victor, Taxi's have been around long before the ANC came into power, during the NP. Lives have been lost, someone was very negligent, by reading the story, it sounds like two taxi's were overtaking the truck, the 1st taxi's trailer hit a truck, the driver under-estimated the length of his own vehicle.......lets assume this might be the cause of the accident, as well as fatigue, stubborness, etc. Taxi's are not the only ones involved in accidents, unfortunately they are the mainly reported in the media. We are all responsible for our behaviour on our roads: taxi's, buses, pvt vehicles, truck's, etc. maybe the suggestion of advanced driving for taxi/bus or even truck drivers is not a bad idea. at the same time pvt vehicle users also need to go for safety belts buckling course, I have seen lots of kids unbuckled, in vehicles where all the resources are there. Dont be naive.

      Van - 2011-11-15 11:07

      @fredashm You are quite cleva. Taxi are not the only one's that is involved in accidents! Pity more people die because of them. But I suppose you see it that a taxi don't have an accident as an accident is something that might have being avoided, correct? Or are you seeing a taxi as undercover weapon of Verwoerd?

      fredahsm - 2011-11-15 12:39

      @Van, unfortunately yes, more ppl loose their lives per incident as compared to accident involving two cars, the bottom line is lives have been lost, whether its 1 or more, it doesn't matter. this doesn't take the accountability away from the wrong doer. Making everything political related is a serious psycholigical its acceptable

  • ifundi - 2011-11-15 07:56

    There is no law for these taxi drivers, and the transport minister who is big talk does nothing about it. The problem with taxi's is just sheer disrespect for life on our roads, and total dissrespect for the law and other motorists. Problem is no one does anything about it and so the deaths pile up.

  • Mashudu - 2011-11-15 08:11

    my deepest condolences to those who lost their loved one's. and to those Injured,wishing them a speedy recovery. may GOD BE WITH YOU

  • Mouldy - 2011-11-15 08:13

    Off course, the Hon Minister of Transport recons that if the speed limit was lowered to 100kph, this would never have happened. Right? As long as we have these self serving, half educated cadres in Government the killing on our roads will never end.

      Jacob - 2011-11-15 10:14

      Good people, there are already speed limits on our roads yet the taxis totally ignore them. Bringing the limit down to 100 km/h will make absolutely no difference whatsoever. On my way to work this morning one shot a red light at about 100 km/h (minimum) and this was in a 60 km/h zone. The drivers have total disregard for the law because they know they can get away with it due to corrupt cops and government officials - many of which own their own fleet of taxis. One way to stop the taxi carnage is to bring back the death penalty and charge taxi drivers who cause fatal accidents with murder.

  • Coral - 2011-11-15 08:26

    When is the transport minister going to realise that these taxis are more hazardous - i think more lives have been lost this year in taxi accidents then any other type of accident. How many lives will be lost before they are taken off the roads!!!! Those that have the power to do something, pull your head out of your backside and DO SOMETHING!!!!

      John - 2011-11-15 08:47

      The Hon.(not) Transport Minister probably has a fleet of taxis operating with impunity and under the protection of the Metro Police. That's why he is grasping at straws with speed reductions to try and distract from the real (taxi) problem!

      Jacob - 2011-11-15 10:23

      What have taxi drivers and blue light convoys in common? Both are supported by so-called law authorities and government officials and both driven by thugs and irresponsible, mindless morons.

  • Lee - 2011-11-15 08:32

    Shame, and I have heard from so many that catch these mini buses how scared they are and how they can't wait to reach their destination but many have no other choice but to have to ride on them.

  • fredahsm - 2011-11-15 08:41

    May their souls rest in peace. we all have to take responsibility for our actions on the roads, the rate of our arrogant driving is taking lot of lives. its not only taxi drivers: 5 killed on Sunday in NW, someone crossing barrier line. 2 trucks collided. these are just part of some of the accidents took place in less than a week, wht about ones not reported..... I see kids unbuckled in our free ways (remember speed limit: 120), unnecessary overtakings on barrier lines, arrogance, etc not from just one group of drivers but almost all, yes including you. Lets change our attitude and behaviour on our roads...... Having a drivers licence doesn't mean end of road safety education...

  • emile.eley - 2011-11-15 09:10

    The bloody cause of the accident is crystal clear. The idiot taxi driver who probably got off unscathed.

  • Janice - 2011-11-15 09:16

    I am so grateful that I dont HAVE to use public transport! Ones life is in danger as soon as one puts their foot in a taxi! They cant drive!

      Nosiphom - 2011-11-15 10:31

      Don't be naive, the idots will run into you with their taxis. I was driving on the N6 to East London one evening, the way these taix drivers overtake, and keep 0.5 m following distance, it is absolutely scary. You do not have to be INSIDE the taxi to be at risk. Sharing the road with them is a big risk!

  • Neville - 2011-11-15 09:49

    I think they must have traffic controll through the night in that area some taxis take chances driving during the night

  • taurais - 2011-11-15 10:21

    Every week a number of people die from Taxis, what is gonna take for the government to step in and put a stop to this slaughter!!

      Andre - 2011-11-15 10:45

      government must remove all taxis from the roads / bastards

  • conrad.burke1 - 2011-11-15 10:25

    I'm beginning to think there is an element of racism in its worst form in all this. The victims are mostly poor, marginalised and black. IT'S AS IF THEY COUNT FOR NOTHING. day after day we have these horrendous crashes,(I hesitate to call them accidents..more like murder) And always the same regrets, sorrow, condolences..and then we move on. No response! No remedy! The mighty taxi power bloc will block any effective remedy. I was told the other day by a friend that he was 'forced' to board a jam-packed taxi that was so full that it was illegal. When he refused to board and tried to make for an empty taxi the taxi guard-operator told him that if he refused to board the crowded taxi as instructed he would be BARRED FROM BOARDING ANY OTHER TAXI AT THE RANK! This way of treating passengers is prevalent in every taxi rank. My guess is that many of those lying dead in the Karoo this morning were forced to take their seats.

      kenneth.roselt - 2011-11-15 13:09

      Should be siple enought o resolve - once out of the Taxi Rank - beat the driver up - up to 16 passengers against one driver - problem is, and i've said it before, the passengers encourage this behaviour, when they cut you off, all you see is a bunch of laughing idiots in the taxi. Sometimes i feel nothing for them, as they allow it, other times you not sure if they were encouraging the driver.

  • melanie.redelinghuys - 2011-11-15 10:50

    They want to decrease the speed limits etc but at the end of the day it IS DRIVER STUPIDITY that is causing all the accidents! They should name and blame the culprits. i.e. youngsters in fast cars mostly that do not have licences or taxis drivers. We that have been driving with caution and care for years shouldn't be held in the same light!

      Kagisho - 2011-11-15 11:28

      @Melanie, i would careful of being too personal. I am a youth who's car was run down by an old experience driver. the insurance insisted that he pays for the costs... having sat an understood the old white man's living conditions it was clear that he wont afford to pay the damage caused. I let it go and i am still paying the damage myself, i dont believe that i was a fool by doing so? I merely acted as a human being who lives with and amongst other human beings. I am not even trying to justify that what he did was right but the point i am attempting to put across is that we should not look at old or young in this issue but address it as a unit.

  • Kagisho - 2011-11-15 11:07

    Let us enforce the law to these evil perpetrators to an extend where we take away their licences and never allow them back on the roads. It is most those people who bought recevied their licences at a spaza shop that doesnt have a clue of what K53 is all about who doesnt even care about the safety of others.... I am extremely angered by this evil deed because once life is lost you cannot reclaim it. we should and must stop this behaviour of negligence especially for those drivers who thinks they own the roads. some strict intervention to the policy is extremely vital at this point, including thorough implementation and monitoring thereof.

  • Gail - 2011-11-15 11:10

    Ciondolences to all the families affected. The report I heard stated that a fully loaded taxi travelling at speed went under the trailer of a stationery truck killing everybody on board 19 or 20 people. The taxi following alsdo at speed was unable to avoid the results of the initial accident and ploughed into it injuring 24 people. Possibly the negligence lay in part with the truck/trailer being in a bad position and not sufficiently lit. Speed kills and what I believe the govt fails to see is the numbers of people added to disability grant lists and removed from workforce sometimes forever. Many of the survivors will be a permanent cost to the taxpayers as a result of trauma and injuries suffered. WE NEED AN EFFICIENT PUBLIC TRANSPORT SYSTEM and the taxi industry don't want this becas they fear loss of profit and hold everyone to ransom. Commuters are aware of dangers but have no alternative when Buses go on strike for a month or more. Employers need to become involved and include taxis is the equation thereby having some control over drivers and vehicles of public transport. No buses and trains and long distances from workplace add to problem. Stagger working hours as well for both drivers and workers.

  • mervin.daniels - 2011-11-15 11:15

    I went with my family to Bloemfontein in September this year and it's clear to me why the Eastern Cape Taxis make lots of accidents. How can you overtake 4 cars and 2 trucks at the same time in the night? It was really shocking to see how the taxidrivers treat the N1 as a one way. I think the govt should make the N1 as 2 oneways. wonder how long this will take because they are still busy with the roadworks -2010 project.

  • braamc - 2011-11-15 12:18

    Taxi drivers, nothing else to say

  • emile.eley - 2011-11-15 13:43

    Not only do I hold these moron taxi operators/drivers responsible, but our traffic authorities are equally culpable. When are traffic officers going to get out from behind their speed cameras and enforce the bloody law. How many more people must die before these fools get their act together. Too bloody busy moaning about salaries to do what they get paid for. Revenue generation over law enforcement isn't cutting it and innocents are dying because of it.

  • Lawukazi - 2011-11-15 20:55

    my unt was involved in that accident and she did not make it, its so sad hey, I still wonder how did it happen?

      nokuthandwa - 2011-11-16 12:02


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