High-level probe into Moloto Road crash

2013-11-12 11:05

Johannesburg - Transport Minister Dipuo Peters has ordered a high-level investigation into a bus accident that killed 29 people, the department of transport said on Tuesday.

"The investigation team consists of the Road Traffic Management Corporation and traffic authorities in Mpumalanga," said spokesperson Tiyani Rikhotso.

Twenty-nine people were killed when a bus collided with a truck on Moloto Road near Kwaggafontein on Monday night.

He said the team would investigate the cause of the accident and recommend interventions to prevent a repeat of such an accident.

Reduce number of trucks

The department would also go ahead with plans to expand the Moloto Road and reduce the number of trucks on the road.

"We are looking into moving the transportation of heavy goods from road to rail to reduce the number of trucks on the road networks," said Rikhotso.

He said Peters sent her condolences to the bereaved families and wished the injured a speedy recovery.

The Mpumalanga safety department said 26 people were killed on the scene and three were dead on arrival at KwaMhlanga Hospital. Eight people were critically injured.

Department spokesperson Joseph Mabuza said the accident happened when a truck collided with a stationary bus.

"The truck driver did not see the bus until it was too late. The truck driver swerved to the right to try and avoid the bus," he said.


Bus company, Putco, confirmed on Tuesday morning that the bus involved belonged to it.

Spokesperson Romeo More also confirmed that the bus driver was among those killed.

"Putco's managing director, Franco Pisapia, expressed his shock at the horrific accident," he said.

More said the company had sent officials to visit the injured and help where possible.

"A full investigation is under way to determine the exact cause of the accident and Putco will co-operate fully with authorities in this regard."

Acting government spokesperson Phumla Williams said government was deeply saddened and also sent deepest condolences to the families involved.

"Government is saddened by the unfortunate loss of lives in this tragic incident. Our thoughts and prayers are with the bereaved families. We wish all the injured a speedy recovery," she said.

"Courtesy, patience and abiding by the rules of the road will play a significant role in reducing road accidents."


  • Franco Ferreira - 2013-11-12 11:09

    Anyone surprised that this happened on this stretch of road? I anyone ever tell you to go on this road, say NO!!!!! Hopefully this probe will change things.

      Sandra Rennie - 2013-11-12 11:37

      Why another PROBE ? For heavens implement something positive. That's all the Dept of Roads and Transport can do , is talk, talk and more talk, and buggerall get done !

      Nosiphom Mazibuko - 2013-11-12 11:44

      That is why I am shocked that anyone wants to institute an investigation!!1 Hallooooo I drove on the road R573 away from Pretoria, in the morning and it is a miracle that not more accidents happen. The convoys of busses, the risks people take. That road is a death trap. I can write the report - how much is she willing to pay????

      Hoenderma Neek - 2013-11-12 12:04

      Nearly made it into the Xmas statistics analysis...

      Julie Elisabeth Craytor - 2013-11-12 12:35

      Nor distance Sean...

      Andre Van Deventer - 2013-11-12 12:37

      After every accident there is a "probe" to find out how and why. Not one of these probes has ever helped because there is no policing on the roads of SA, only speed traps by camera. Incompetent traffic officials are appointed and they in turn issue drivers licenses to incompetent drivers. Start by cleaning up from the to right down to the bottom. A fish rots from the head downwards!

      Seanred - 2013-11-12 12:42

      @ Sean Wolf, or speed of on coming vehicle.

      Eterni80 - 2013-11-12 12:51

      the ANC likes its 'probes' when the probed Zuma, they forgot to take the probe out when they were finished.

      Mailie Marshalls - 2013-11-12 17:07

      At the end of the day the ANC is responsible for not maintaining our road infrastructure and enforcing licencing/roadworthy laws. This is the 3rd so called 'probe'into Moloto Road since 2008 with ZERO results. The ANC couldn't run a Tuck Shop, let alone a country. Time for Showerhead and his cronies to go.

  • Bryan McCloy - 2013-11-12 11:13

    Will they find themselves resonsible for neglecting our road system while filling their pockets. I do not think so

      Graham Katz - 2013-11-12 12:01

      If the previous reports say it is well known that the roads are potholed, narrow and not lit, why has the council member in charge of roads not done anything about it! This tragedy could have been avaoided. Someone must be held responsible but then we all know that the people running the show are absolutely useless as far as management of anything is concerned. Pathetic!

      Siya Ngcangisa - 2013-11-12 12:09

      I can't even begin to imagine the mess that will occure on the back routes, where people will be escaping E-tolls.

      John Loveland - 2013-11-12 12:45

      What makes it a "high-level investigation"? No different to any other investigation. Same incompetents investigating... same results...

      Seanred - 2013-11-12 12:47

      They neglected the rail system, NOW they want repair at a cost of Billions of Rand. 75% will go into the ANC pockets.

      Conrad Marshall - 2013-11-12 13:00

      actually the it's the rail system that has been neglected - hence the overload of heavy vehicles on our roads.

  • Freda Peens - 2013-11-12 11:18

    This road is know for very bad accidents, the governments were supposed to look into this a long time ago. Never did, now 29 more people lots their lives. Well gone Anc

  • Ducatisti - 2013-11-12 11:19

    screw the probe fix the road...use logic and stop wasting money!

  • Rob Martin - 2013-11-12 11:22

    Done it before, will do it again, investigate this investigate that, come to the same conclusion as previous and do nothing.

  • Johannes Matjila - 2013-11-12 11:23

    They mustn't expand only the road but also to help them with another alternative transport cause, it is only putco operating in Moloto road to transport people to work daily. those buses they are not even getting a proper service. (Poor service from putco as well)

      Dorino Kalamaras - 2013-11-12 11:32

      Hi Johannes I have a friend who works at Putco, and I can tell you that he doesn't take short cuts when servicing the buses. I have been in their workshops and I am impressed with the quality of their work. Such accidents is a loss to everyone. Everyone is investigating the roads, and nothing is done. We dont have safe public transport in this country.. If you think Putco is bad - Look at Metro Bus.. (I saw one leaking diesel onto the road yesterday).

      jeremy thorpe - 2013-11-12 11:47

      Hi Dorino, so if Putco is so good, how come I see, every day, Putco buses broken down by the side of the road on my route from Joburg into Pretoria. Others I see belching huge clouds of diesel smoke and others I see, as this morning, dodging from lane to lane on the highway! Presumably the Putco bus involved in the fatal accident above was broken down - otherwise why would it have been sitting stationary on the Moloto Rd?

  • Vusi SoLwandile Ndimande - 2013-11-12 11:25

    Each and every year at the same spot a number of people die. The government is doing nothing instead of fixing the roads they are constructing e-tolls.

  • Nthati Makua-Moloko - 2013-11-12 11:26

    That road should just be expanded. Too many impatient and inconsiderate people driving there. How can a bus want to overtake 3 buses in front..smh

      Conrad Marshall - 2013-11-12 13:03

      you are 100% correct. i've seen for myself how a bus wants to overtake 2 other buses on the Moloto rd. the road is not the problem, it's the road users.

  • James Santam - 2013-11-12 11:27

    The carnage will stop when your government implements effective policing of our roads! These days taxis are a law unto themselves, their serious offences ignored by police resulting in thousands of deaths every year. It is ridiculous to respond to one incident of 30 casualties when the govt has known for years that there is no law and order on our roads when it comes to taxis and other public transport, resulting in thousands of deaths yearly. The blame for this carnage rests squarely on yours and your incompetent criminal government's shoulders Jacob Zuma!

      Martin Fourie - 2013-11-12 14:22

      They also need to get the rail system up to an acceptable level again, resulting in less heavy vehicles on the roads. There was a time when you could as a passenger take the train to your out-of-town destination, it was cheap, safe and very comfortable.

  • Jameson Walker - 2013-11-12 11:30

    Have you seen how some of the putco bus drivers drive their busses, pile that onto the road worthiness of the busses, and then topple that with the state of some of our roads, this is no surprise.

  • Ridwan Halim - 2013-11-12 11:36

    Yes Mina-sta! Poor road conditions! Road Worthiness of the vehicles! Check drivers licenses? Could be a lucky packet issue...similar to the Pinetown incident! You have lots to learn mina-sta!

  • Mabina Maledu - 2013-11-12 11:40

    Sad how life's of so many ppl can be lost in just a few minutes.

  • Jacqui Daane Van Rensburg - 2013-11-12 11:44

    We are always going to do a whole lot. Pity we always wait till a lot of people lost their lives before we come into action.

      Martin Fourie - 2013-11-12 14:30

      What action ? Another investigation ? Another "shocked and unacceptable"?

  • Nosiphom Mazibuko - 2013-11-12 11:45

    Just put a railway line then the problem is gone.

      Seanred - 2013-11-12 12:58

      @Shelley. It is a catch 22 situation.

      Conrad Marshall - 2013-11-12 13:08

      truck drivers aren't doing themselves any favours, the way they behave on our roads: trucks passing slower trucks on the highways, jamming up traffic for km's behind them; speeding, overloaded trucks etc etc. no sympathy from me.

  • NicolasGombert - 2013-11-12 11:47

    Min Peters, you can probe all you want, it is not going to bring back the 29 people nor the other 40 people who are going to die on our roads today. We have a systemic problem in South Africa and the result is that too many people, mostly innocent ones, die on our roads every single day. This is caused by the following: Incompetent drivers are allowed to operated vehicles on our road because they were not properly tested. The license system is corrupt, and even if you manage to get rid of all the corrupt testing officials today, we still have to live with the problem for the next 60 years, as that is how long these incompetent drivers will remain on our roads. Secondly, it is a matter of attitude. Drivers have NO RESPECT for the law. The rules of the road are continuously disregarded,just go stand at a traffic light and observe how many drivers skip the red light. Solid white lines on the road are there for information purposes only. Drivers use their mobile phones while driving with utter disregard of the consequences. The only way to rectify this is to put cops on the road and not behind bushes and let them fine these drivers until they've learnt their lesson. Use ghost cars to catch drivers who commit moving violations. After three counts, their vehicles should be confiscated for a minimum of 14 days, no exceptions. Thirdly is the road infrastructure. The roads are crumbling are are not maintained according to set standards and norms. A massive injection is needed.

      Chanki Modise - 2013-11-12 12:14

      You said mouthful

      Marie de la Rey - 2013-11-12 15:21

      I AGREE 100% ALSO the speed at which they travel even when it is raining is totally STUPID and only done by people who don't even KNOW what they don't know! A truck will not stop by braking alone when it has a load behind the brakes! The gears have to be used. Do truck drivers still do this? NO! because they think they are driving a CAR!

  • Adriaan Wehmeyer - 2013-11-12 11:52

    Transport of Goods?

  • Hoenderma Neek - 2013-11-12 12:02

    Just in time for Christmas :-(

  • Nico van der Westhuizen - 2013-11-12 12:06

    Minister, when next you go for a highspeed bluelight yourney on the highways, please have a lookout for busses who equally speeds along, driven by drivers who are under the impression that they are driving ferrari's. And while you are at it, also see if you can spot a metro policeman who is actually doing his/her job, you know those who do not look the other way when their brotha's are ignoring passenger safety, because they are behind schedule...........

  • Owen Dell - 2013-11-12 12:11

    High level probe = eating a lot of kfc from tax payers money...and doing nothing !!!!

  • Elias Elias - 2013-11-12 12:12

    Yo family is safe dipuo people are dyng on this moloto road I am staing in moloto this busdrivers are driving like bmw 325 thums dawn 4 u

  • AndrĂ© Van Wyk - 2013-11-12 12:18

    Carte Blanch already did the legwork, you just had to sit down and watch it....sigh with eyes rolling

  • Amos Moledi - 2013-11-12 12:26

    Just E-toll that road

      JC Ledwaba - 2013-11-12 12:55

      Good one hey! Only that people died.

      Amos Moledi - 2013-11-12 13:57

      That's exactly my point. They should have spent money on this road instead of the tolls. They have had numerous chances to fix the road

  • Mandlakhe Andries Mahlangu - 2013-11-12 12:28

    Kuyoze kunini kanti noma bafuna kufe bani?

  • Seanred - 2013-11-12 12:40

    "We are looking into moving the transportation of heavy goods from road to rail to reduce the number of trucks on the road networks," The ANC stuffed up the rail service way back, now you wake up.

  • Seanred - 2013-11-12 12:41

    @Sean Wolf. Or speed of the on coming vehicle.

  • Mandlakhe Andries Mahlangu - 2013-11-12 12:43

    It is so sad.

  • Brenda Hayden - 2013-11-12 12:45

    A person doesn't have to be too bright to figure out how to prevent this: Stop handing out heavyduty licenses to incompetent people. Take Putco off the road. Enforce the Rules of the road, prosecute and jail repeat offenders.

  • Alta Steyn - 2013-11-12 12:47

    Trucks are a major problem on every single road in this country.

      Conrad Marshall - 2013-11-12 13:13

      yip. agree 100%. the ANC let our rail system go to pieces, now our roads are bearing the brunt of heavy vehicles. truck drivers aren't doing themselves any favours, the way they behave on our roads: trucks passing slower trucks on the highways, jamming up traffic for km's behind them; speeding, overloaded trucks, causing major carnage in accidents etc etc. no sympathy from me. I HATE TRUCKS!!!

  • Gerhard Steenkamp - 2013-11-12 12:48

    Human life doesn't mean anything to taxi, bus or transport drivers. look at the way road users have to drive defensively just to get home safely... and the traffic wambles is getting their daily cash kickback everyday by looking the other way.

  • JC Ledwaba - 2013-11-12 12:58

    Only that KwaNdebele is populated by poor people. That is why there is no Gautrain(Ndebele version), Re ya Vaya, Areyeng, etc. Why bother with poor people and their dirty votes when you can do gautraoin for your own?

  • George Mnguni - 2013-11-12 13:03

    Minister, there is no need for a probe because facts have been established. Tell us when is the Moloto Corridor coming.

  • Mandlakhe Andries Mahlangu - 2013-11-12 13:06


  • Junior Jay Tyala - 2013-11-12 13:23

    We appreciate your commitment and efforts in reducing road accident injuries.

  • THABOM85 - 2013-11-12 13:38

    "The accident happened when a truck collided with a stationary bus. The truck driver did not see the bus until it was too late. The truck driver swerved to the right to try and avoid the bus." What else is there to probe?

  • Chris Fourie-Lipman - 2013-11-12 14:04

    "...and recommend interventions to prevent a repeat of such an accident..." Who is this nincompoop, give her a computer show her how to access Google and get her to search "bus & truck accidents South Africa"... She will find more people were killed in accidents related to trucks & busses in her 4 month as the Minister of Transport than in the last year of her predecessor. She should be prosecuted for the deaths of all those people and her incompetence as the Minister of Transport, seeing that she was appointed by Zuma, prosecute him as well!!!

  • Marie de la Rey - 2013-11-12 15:12

    I VOTE for trucks to be taken off the roads especially these huge articulated ones - The railways is a whole industry waiting to give jobs to MILLIONS of people. From architects, engineers to builders and broom pushers...!

  • Lungile Gqoba - 2013-11-12 15:40

    I use the road to Moloto every day the problem is not with the government its with us the drivers. I hate driving next or behind the Putco buses most of the Putco bus drivers drive sh.t. The road works are taking place at the Moloto Road that I saw personaly so stop campaining with each negative thing that happens and go back to the drawing board. Viva ANC Viva

  • Itumeleng Pitsoane - 2013-11-12 15:59

    'high level investigation' so we had to wait for this to happen and then we act did we not know that the very same road is dangerous? we had to lose so many lives,,, if I may ask what is the minister of KZN doing regarding the road that killed people??????? is there anything had happened since then? now this and come dec it's another life losing again yes some drivers are ignorant we know that... but what happened to expanding the road putting concrete majors plan into action I guess u maybe we don't use the same road therefore u will not lose some1 close to u on the same road.. what a pity

  • Mailie Marshalls - 2013-11-12 17:06

    At the end of the day the ANC is responsible for not maintaining our road infrastructure and enforcing licencing/roadworthy laws. This is the 3rd so called 'probe'into Moloto Road since 2008 with ZERO results. The ANC couldn't run a Tuck Shop, let alone a country. Time for Showerhead and his cronies to go.

  • Herling Mavuthela - 2013-11-12 17:12

    I convey my heartfelt condolences 2 de bereaved family. It's really painful. Wish speedy recovery to those injured. May God be closer to all involve.

  • Barry Fritz - 2013-11-12 18:28

    I drove this gauntlet for 8 months , and every time I swore never again , the buses are the worst on this road as they are a law unto themselves , one thing u never do on the moloto north road is drive it @ night from a Friday to a sunday cause its dangerous , vehicles lights don't work traffic dept are corrupt, even though they reduce the speed to 80, you have vehicles over taking you on the blind rises, and stopping in the road to off load or load passengers

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