Deputy transport minister loses six family members in tragic collision on N11 in KZN

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Deputy Transport Minister Sindisiwe Chikunga
Deputy Transport Minister Sindisiwe Chikunga
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  • Six relatives of Deputy Transport Minister Sindisiwe Chikunga have died in a road accident.
  • Her son, daughter-in-law and four grandchildren were killed.
  • The collision, which was believed to have been between a bakkie and a car, happened on the N11.

Six family members of Deputy Transport Minister Sindisiwe Chikunga have died in a road accident on the N11 in KwaZulu-Natal.

Chikunga's son, daughter-in-law, and four grandchildren died in the accident on Sunday. A sedan and a bakkie were believed to have been involved in the collision.

Chikunga's spokesperson, Collen Msibi said: 

The deputy minister is travelling to KwaZulu-Natal to identify the remains and establish the full facts. Further details about the accident will be released once full information is established from local authorities. The family is pleading for space and privacy until the full facts are established before further communication with the public.

Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) spokesperson Simon Zwane said six people had died in an accident on the N11, between Ladysmith and Newcastle in KwaZulu-Natal, on Sunday at around 19:30. He added that the cause of the crash was unknown.

Deadly weekend

The weekend saw several deadly road accidents.

On Sunday at around 20:10, a bakkie with no canopy was transporting 19 people on the N2 outside Dutywa in the Eastern Cape when the vehicle overturned after the driver lost control. Seven people were killed and six critically injured.

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On Saturday, 17 people were killed in two crashes in KwaZulu-Natal.

A police officer who was directing traffic and 10 other people were killed in a crash involving a minibus, police vehicle, and other cars on the R617 near Mpophomeni.

In a separate incident, six people were killed and four injured in a multiple-vehicle crash on the N11 near Dundee on Saturday night.

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