Be careful on roads - Zuma

2015-08-30 18:59

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Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma on Sunday called for extraordinary caution and strict adherence to the rules of the road following the death of 36 people when a bus overturned on the R408 in the Eastern Cape this weekend.

At least 25 people were killed and several injured when a bus overturned on the R408 between Butterworth and Willowvale.

In another accident, nine people died when a minibus taxi overturned on the R61 between Cradock and Graaff Reinet. A tenth person has since died.

Zuma said South Africa was mourning the loss of so many lives on the country's roads.

"This senseless loss of life is unacceptable and it is happening more frequently on our roads," the president said.

"The law enforcement authorities can play their part but it is mainly up to the drivers to ensure that they adhere to the rules of the road in order to save the... lives of our people."

Zuma conveyed his condolences to Eastern Cape Premier Phumulo Masualle, the provincial government and all the families who lost their loved ones.

"The pain faced by all the families is immeasurable. We also wish the injured a speedy recovery," Zuma said.

On Saturday, Road Traffic Management Corporation spokesperson Simon Zwane said 25 people were killed in the bus incident when the driver lost control of the vehicle.

Eleven more people subsequently died.

Emergency rescue personnel had arrived on the scene around 08:45 and removed the last body at 15:15, he said.
"The accident was very bad. There is one family who has lost four members, and another has lost three members."

Eastern Cape health department spokesperson Sizwe Kupelo said a total of 16 men, 16 women and four children were killed.

"Most of the deceased suffered head injuries," Kupelo said.

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