MEC orders probe into KZN taxi accidents that left 14 dead

2016-04-11 15:50
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Durban – KwaZulu-Natal Transport MEC Willies Mchunu on Monday ordered a forensic investigation into two minibus taxi accidents that killed 14 people in the space of 24 hours.

Mchunu said they would hold talks with the SA National Taxi Council and other parties to find ways of preventing similar accidents.

"The two horrific accidents in Ntonjambili and Pietermaritzburg are devastating and a sad reminder to all of us, including those in public transport, that we must play our active role in fighting the scourge of road accidents," he said.

Seven people were killed when a minibus taxi crashed into a tree in Ntonjambili, on the P15 road between Kranskop and Nkandla, on Sunday.

An eighth person, who was critically injured, died in hospital. 

Six people were also killed on Linwood Drive, in Pietermaritzburg, when a minibus taxi collided with a car on Monday morning.

The minibus taxi was traveling from Sweetwaters to the Pietermaritzburg CBD.

According to preliminary reports, the minibus driver lost control of his vehicle, Mchunu said.

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