Mpumalanga crash saddens Zuma

2012-07-13 20:40

Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma was shocked and saddened by the deaths of 26 people in a collision between a train and truck in Mpumalanga, he said on Friday.

"On behalf of government and the people of South Africa, we would like to extend our deepest condolences to the bereaved families and wish a speedy recovery to all those who were injured," Zuma said in a statement.

He said most of those killed were probably family breadwinners.

"We reiterate that it is important for drivers to exercise maximum caution at all times, especially when transporting passengers."

Zuma urged law enforcers to thoroughly investigate and to take the appropriate action if they found any wrongdoing.

Netcare 911 spokesperson Jeffrey Wicks said the truck was carrying farm workers when it collided with the train at a level crossing on the N4 between Malelane and Hectorspruit at 07:00.

Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba was also deeply saddened at the crash and sent his condolences to the families of those killed, said his spokesperson Mayihlone Tshwete.

Gigaba believed the incident illustrated the dangers of irresponsible driving, which allegedly caused the crash, he said.

  • Pieter Du Preez - 2012-07-13 20:55

    I noted that the tripartite alliances could not wait to score points on this sad event. Shame on them. Investment into road infrastructure to limit and reduce railway crossings would prevent such incidents, and broadly available public transport will also prevent the need to use open vehicles for personnel transport. Provision of transport is often beyond the means of small employers, and the State has a duty to provide infrastructure and related services.

  • mzukisijola.jose1 - 2012-07-13 20:58

    As if you care,

  • Boy - 2012-07-13 21:27

    again with the red eyes!!!ZOOMA!, stop smoking that stuff!

  • FANNYDNA - 2012-07-13 22:20

    mpumalanga (east of mzansi is under TERRORIST....

  • LouisBok - 2012-07-14 01:43

    Our God NEVER sleeps. Keep on maiming and killing His people-for every one that fall,ten of them shall.

      Randomhero6661 - 2012-07-17 11:17

      then you wonder why people don't like your god.

  • Arthur Salvado - 2012-07-14 07:18

    Very sad indeed but unfortunately these accidents will continue to happen for as long as our traffic police hide behind trees with cameras instead of doing their proper job. What are they thinking? Money of course. Pity

  • georgebrightons - 2012-07-14 08:16

    May their souls RIP. I wish a speedy recovery for the survivors. My prayers n heartfelt condolonces are with the families during this difficult time. God bless!

  • pmalungana - 2012-07-14 10:19

    This is sad lets not politicize the incident, no matter how intellegent we think we are.

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