Horror crash: Ndebele slams bad drivers

2011-12-01 14:14

Johannesburg - Transport Minister Sibusiso Ndebele conveyed condolences to the families of 18 people killed in an accident outside Belfast in Mpumalanga on Thursday, the department said.

"We want to convey our condolences to the families of those killed in this horrific crash," he said.

The accident happened on the N4 at around 04:00 when a minibus taxi veered out of its lane and collided head-on with a truck, Mpumalanga public safety spokesperson Joseph Mabuza said.

"The truck dragged the minibus and both vehicles caught fire.

"All the 18 people, including a 2-year-old baby, were burnt beyond recognition," he said.

The minibus taxi was en route from Mozambique to Johannesburg, while the truck was travelling from Johannesburg to Mbombela.

'Blatant disregard for human life'

Ndebele repeated his vow that drivers who disobeyed road rules would be shown no mercy.

"Our society has degenerated to a level where some drivers continue to display a blatant disregard for human life."

He said his department, ministries of police and justice, as well as the National Prosecuting Authority would continue dealing with irresponsible drivers aggressively in order to save lives.

"A motorist proven to have intentionally caused death through a road accident will be charged with murder," he said.

"Our law enforcement and emergency services officials are out in full force to ensure safety on the roads, especially for the December holidays."

  • Breedlike - 2011-12-01 14:24

    Why doesnt he slam the taxi bosses for not maintaining and keeping their death mobile's roadworthy??? The drivers are also a problem.

      kenneth.roselt - 2011-12-01 14:32

      Because he himself is said to own a few, probably a few if not all unroadworthy - maybe that's why he doens't slam the taxi bosses

      Breedlike - 2011-12-01 14:50

      Can you imagine if it was one of his own taxi's.

      John - 2011-12-01 15:09


      Willie - 2011-12-01 16:07

      Correct, the minister and some other dump officials will be visiting the scene and talking is high time they act on this hoodlums

      Bob - 2011-12-01 16:19

      Breedlike, 100% correct mate, in addition to strict ontrol of the roadworthiness of these taxi's (in my opinion they should have double axle at the back) the drivers should undergo an advanced driving test, it doesn't help saying the drivers that don't obey road rules will be shown no mercy, we all witness the appalling driving standards of the majority of these thugs every single day and nothing gets done about it.

      Mike - 2011-12-01 17:10

      WTF - another stupid message from the Minister without education - everyday taxis and breaking the law or as they put it "bending the law a little". Get these fu?ckers off the road

      Dave - 2011-12-01 17:16

      No mention of the "Blue Light Brigade" I think they qualify right next to taxi drivers.

      Spyker - 2011-12-01 18:30

      Well Numb-nuts-Ndebele, it is your free-roaming freak-show - aka the ANC - that has created- and is firmly upholding a CULTURE OF CORRUPTION. So why do you appear to be held in an incredulous gasp for oxygen (you O2 thief), when 3/4 of the zombies that vote for your fascist regime, have acquired a licence-, if at all, by virtue of.., wait let us guess.., mmmm.., what could it be... ...C_O_R_R_U_P_T_I_O_N..!! Ring.., Ching, Ching, Ching.., $$$$$$$$, JACKPOT..!! In fact, I want to start a newspaper for my most beloved homeland - ie INSANIA.., the CORRUPTION CHRONICLES... Never shall it run out of things to print in INSANIA...

      Ian - 2011-12-02 08:36

      it irritates me when, the minister "slams" drivers...when the point of the problem is bladdy TAXIS and the idiots driving them....

      Mattewis - 2012-03-09 07:59

      Taxi bosses are just another symptom of the fundamental issue: THE ANC! Lawless from the very top (driving under the influence, speeding, etc.), right down to their corrupt "enforcement officers" the majority of which illegally carry firearms, ie with no competence certificates! Ndebele, go and head-butt the nearest wall!

  • jpcronje - 2011-12-01 14:28

    The taxi driver was probably trying to overtake the oncoming Truck

      StarStruck - 2011-12-01 15:33

      They have become so used to driving however they see fit, it's no wonder they themselves cause the most deaths at one time. It would not surprise me one bit if this taxi was filled with an entire family.

  • Corrie - 2011-12-01 14:34

    ndebele moet biki middelburg mp. toe kom en sien hoe ry hierdie 4kn taxi,s. in die nuwe SA is padreels en pad tekens duidelik nie vir taxi,s van toepassing nie.

      StarStruck - 2011-12-01 15:40

      Don't be fooled. Busses are also part of the problem. You don't want to know how many times I have come across them just pulling out of bus stops and everyone around must just give way. Driving is a dangerous activity to begin with.

  • Darryl - 2011-12-01 14:35

    Minister, please enough words. We need action to be taken against the taxi drivers and the taxi boss's. Words aint gonna do nothing cause its just falling on deaf ears to this taxi industry. If u wanna hit them hard then hit them where it hurts and start impounding these death traps. Only once they are road worthy and have paid all there fines may they get them back. Taxi bosses must be held responsable and liable as it seems nothing ever happens to them. These road death can be avoided, just get off ur lazy ass and start enforcing the law.

      Chum Scrubber - 2011-12-01 14:55

      I think the bosses are most likely "connected", hence nothing will happen to them.

  • Andre - 2011-12-01 14:35

    ALL TALK..nothing has or will happen to the TAXI industry. Their blatant disregard for the rules and use of the road is IGNORED by the metro police. I have witnessed and photographed a gentleman in a black Merc recieving approx. 60 traffic infringement notices from the TAXI drivers outside the offices of the IVORY park taxi association. WHY.. to get them quashed!... only in Africa..only in Africa!

  • Bennie - 2011-12-01 14:38

    Whatever.... taxi drivers and governments own blue light brigade act above the law! Empty words!

      Andrew - 2011-12-02 06:43

      Agreed action must also be taken against the blue light brigade or are they not bad drivers but just asserting their power in transporting VIP's

  • Shalin - 2011-12-01 14:39

    Blame it on speeding as you do with every road death. Reckless driving has nothing to do with it :/

      Riaan - 2011-12-01 15:12

      That is nonsense. It you are able to drive, you can do so safely at 140km/h in a roadworthy vehicle. If you cannot drive/your vehicle is not roadworthy, you are a danger on the road at 40km/h.

      Shalin - 2011-12-01 16:17

      Riaan, that was meant to be a sarcastic comment :)

  • shadung.raymond - 2011-12-01 14:40

    Our lawenforcement and emergency officials are out in full force??? To do what,take bribes???? I think the minister must go back to the dictionary and re-check the meaning of the words "no mercy" so that he make sure that he really shows no mercy to reckless drvivers and officials who takes bribes. Im certain that if all officials were doing their jobs as obliged by the constitution indeed reckless drivers were going to be shown no mercy!

  • Winsome - 2011-12-01 14:44

    This has become just more of the same. The families of the dead must be devastated - this is just needless slaughter. RIP

  • Andrew - 2011-12-01 14:45

    He needs to look no further than the taxis for the major deaths on our roads as we all know but this is politically sensitive. We are not fools taxis and black run bus companies are way and above the main culprits for the mass carnage on our roads.

  • Chum Scrubber - 2011-12-01 14:53

    99% of those "some drivers" are taxi drivers. They have been allowed to become a law unto their own by the current regime, and innocent people are paying the price. I doubt this regime has the testicles to rectify the monster they have created, they're too busy fighting each other (for positions in which they can personally enrich themselves) to focus on issues like this, or other issue that require "governance".

      Hunter - 2011-12-01 20:21

      And the taxi drivers that survive eventually get employed to drive the blue light vehicles...

  • OzzyInSA - 2011-12-01 14:56

    "A motorist proven to have intentionally caused death through a road accident will be charged with murder," English FAIL. How can you "intentionally" cause an accident? An accident is exactly that, an accident. I am sure, even in this case, the taxi driver did not intentionally hit the truck. They will have a hard time trying to "prove" that someone intentionally caused death. No if he said they caused death through recklessness, that is another thing. Until the road laws are stricty enforced from not wearing a seatbelt, not indicating, to speeding and drink driving, the road toll in this country will never come down. Also get the corruption out of the licensing department as well. RIP to the victims and condolences to the families.

      Hein - 2011-12-01 21:56

      Have you ever heard of dolus eventualis.?

  • George - 2011-12-01 15:06

    Your driver are the worst first then the taxis, Get your one house in order first and set examples,Are you not afraid when you get into your car and YOUR driver at the wheel. Do you shut your eyes and pray like all of us out there when we see your blue light cars on the road

  • Martin - 2011-12-01 15:11

    Get ready to read this story over and over and over during the next couple of weeks. Taxi's are doing what they want on the roads and under the noses of the cops. They cant stop it. All they will do is talk talk talk. If you take a taxi to go anywhere, you are taking a huge risk. R I P

  • Ovie - 2011-12-01 15:21

    Roads are getting worse, cops more corrupt, taxis more unroadworthy and soon we are going to get down to 80km/h max speed. I suggest taxis/public transport to do the same as trucks. Every year the COF (certificate of fitness) has to be redone. Wont solve everything just improve it a bit a least.

  • Roy - 2011-12-01 15:23

    This goverment lets the taxis rule the roads and they are to useless to stop them. They should regularly check the drivers for licenses and the roadwothiness of the taxis and every single day they must have Traffic Depts doing checks. If you only see Traffic Officials at big sporting events why not on the roads checking vehicles?

  • Cina - 2011-12-01 15:29

    How many more must die before something gets done. I feel that if the taxi driver dies in a accident that course the death of his passengers the taxi owner must be charged with murder. Perhaps then they would start to learn. My condolences to the families of those who have died. They should get the rail road back up and running again, you might get a bit later to your destination but at least it would be safer.

  • Bob - 2011-12-01 15:29

    "A motorist proven to have intentionally caused death through a road accident will be charged with murder," Then how about charging about 50,000 Taxis everyday for attempted murder! Because the way taxis drivers disregard the rules of the road, the only thing that stops more carnage is every other driver continuously giving them a wide berth and trying to anticipate the taxis next stupid move and everyone has to look left right left right before crossing a green go intersection. Taxis have become the scourge of our roads, deal with them properly once and for all, instead of making comments without any action…! Any vehicle carrying paying passengers should not be allowed in the fast lane or right hand lane and should be governed to a maximum of 100kmph.

  • Cameronl - 2011-12-01 15:36

    Did you say "taxi"?? ah yes I thought I read correctly. Mr Ndebele, you sir need to slam the taxi "fat cat" bosses, what you need to do is take these death trap AKA taxis OFF the roads, stop talking and start walking, its always actions that speak louder than words pal!!!!... DO SOMETHING ABOUT THESE TAXIS.... stop talking crap and get on with it

  • Perfume - 2011-12-01 16:13

    I witnessed yesterday after work, a taxi driver trying to overtake a bus on a single lane, the bus driver refused to give him way.

      Perfume - 2011-12-01 16:18

      Failed to add, this was peak hour, with oncoming traffic

  • Kay - 2011-12-01 16:17

    I do admit that most of us mess up on the roads e.g. driving 10 km's more than the limit, or over taking on solid lines... But taxi's come on i nearly die almost 20 times (sarcasm) a day with these chops in the road, yet i get pulled over amazes me sometimes. this is a sad story poor people just coming home or on holiday to see families and 1 selfish taxi driver kills them all, RIP. HATE TAXI DRIVERS

  • Elkieta - 2011-12-01 16:21

    Ndebele keep on slamming.Maybe you can kill a few taxidrivers before they kill the people.Just slam slam slam.

  • Koos - 2011-12-01 16:21

    no you D@@S!!! its the taxi' drivers!!!!

  • jamesvdlinde - 2011-12-01 16:22

    Its not all South African drivers... it is the taxi drivers who think the roads belong to them, no regard for life or safety... get better national public transport systems in place and rid our roads of the taxis...

  • Gavin - 2011-12-01 16:26

    You can scream and shout until the fat cows come home. Over the last 2 decades or so you've allowed the Coffin Taxi's to do as they please. If this was an international airline that has killed as many of its customers as the Taxi industry has, they would've been shut down and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. But in the land of Opportunity, we say a few words and shrug, until it happens again. Good luck getting them to toe line Sbu you couldn't even get the roads upgraded without screwing it up, how are you going to sort this mess out ? You are depriving some village of its idiot.

  • jaco.duplessis2 - 2011-12-01 17:01

    The law enforcement and emergency services officials are sitting on their arses under trees next to the roads - how will that ensure safety on our roads. Get out from under the trees and bushes and move with the traffic - only then will you be able to catch reckless / bad drivers.

  • barry.mcbride - 2011-12-01 17:37

    "A motorist proven to have intentionally caused death through a road accident will be charged with murder,". Except that in many such horrific & tragic accidents, the motorist/taxi driver is also dead!

  • Hugh - 2011-12-01 17:47

    It is plain and simple. Since the adevent of "freedom" we have had a myraid of inconvenient systems that have had to put in place because of indemic corruption. This new nation lacks morality in a big way. From peeing in the street to parking up 1m from the curb to casual robbery to beying simple commonsense laws like not making unnecessary noise in a residential area. The morally corrupt rule and have taken with it all the common law norms. I distinctly recall that the licence test was to Europeon in make up and was not of a national standard. One thing though that officer could apply was common sense and the instinct that tells one that the Learner cannot handle being behind the wheel was removed. Along came a standard that if you know this or that augmented by bribes you can get a licence.

  • Matthew Du Toit - 2011-12-01 19:07

    Today I went to Alexander to deliver a box there, just ONE robot not working and there's a gridlocked! How they learn to treat that area FOUR WAY STOP. Look there, that's how Taxi drivers drive that way!

  • Deepchund - 2011-12-01 19:58

    It's the usual at this time of the year when the authorities will have a big "jol" at one of the Ultra Cities launching their zero tolerance campaign.Then all is forgotten and all we do everyday in December and January is compare the death toll for the same period last year.We need to change peoples habits,and,that is achieved by continuous enforcement, ie.365 days of the year. Roadside courts for instant trials should be the in thing, hit the pocket and we will achieve compliance. Just too much of hot air is blown by government officials.As for drunken drivers, they should rot in jail.

  • Val - 2011-12-02 07:23

    With every recent bad accident, there is one common denominator "a taxi". Government want to lessen the speed limit, that's not going to help. Taxis do as they please when and how they like. They should be restricted to driving at a certain limit because they are carrying a lot of passengers! Don't make the rest of us suffer because of "hooligans". They are a rule unto themselves and no one does a thing about it! So sad for the innocents involved and their families, it's a crying shame!

  • ifundi - 2011-12-02 08:04

    Why doesn't this useless overpaid Minister do something about the Taxis. He is aware that they are lawless, have no regard for life, drive unroadworthy vehicles and kill and injure people daily. So what is he doing about it? Talking crap on TV and writting same. Useless character, that is paid for nothing.

  • swavka - 2011-12-02 08:34

    So much for Santaco driving academy - obviously not working out quite how they thought it would. Like their Airline - going no where fast. Almost every accident involves a taxi. Is this because they don't have a drivers licence or is this because they think that they get away with murder & fines from the police, they have their own set of rules and unfortunately no one sent me a copy. Get these death traps off the road.

  • Brenda - 2011-12-02 09:08

    Never mind the taxis the Bus drivers are just as bad and its just a matter of time before we see an accident like this with busses they race each other on suburban roads drive at high speed overtake where ever drive on the back roads instead of the bus route when the traffic is heavy....innocent hardworking people are dying trying to get to work and home because of these egotistical recless drivers

  • Robert - 2011-12-03 11:43

    Ndebele repeated his vow that drivers who disobeyed road rules would be shown no mercy. What tosh Mr Minister!- in my small Karroo town, no one stops at stop streets, boy racers tear around town at breakneck speeds at all hours and cars and motorcycles blare out noise levels from illegal and unroadworthy exhaust systems audible from "miles" away and our illustrious traffic chief does ZIP? Minister - Stop pontificating and enforce the law!

  • roger.verrall - 2011-12-03 11:59

    Poor quality driving is the biggest single factor in road accidents. This has been shown all over the world. Bad vehicles, bad roads, bad signage can all be "improved by skilled and sensible drivers. Driving standards probably the most difficult thing to act against - education is always difficult.

  • nicn44 - 2011-12-03 17:08

    Why does'nt he blame bad police-ing on our roads? one finger pointed is four pointing back. Bad road worthyness,bad patroling,bad management, bad laws.Take care of this first then you weed out the bad drivers.

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