Concern as over 20 people die on KZN roads this month alone

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The KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Transport, Peggy Nkonyeni, has raised concerns about the recent spate fatal of accidents in KwaZulu-Natal.

On Sunday night, nine people were killed in a head-on collision on the N2 between Canefields intersection and the Enseleni Nature Reserve.

The department said preliminary reports suggest that an SUV collided with a minibus taxi and eight people died as a result. One person died later in hospital on Monday.

Those who died include six men and three women from both vehicles.

Nine people are currently being treated at the Ngwelezane hospital.

The accident occurred about a week after another deadly crash on the R612 between Highflats and Ixopo claimed 13 lives.

MEC Nkonyeni wants investigations on both accidents. She has also appealed to all motorists to be extra cautious and to always practice patience when travelling on the roads.

“It is indeed a sad reality that in less than a week the province has lost more than 20 people. We cannot over emphasise the importance of obeying the rules of the road and being 100% compliant. Such gruesome accidents can be avoided.

“We cannot afford to lose lives due to recklessness and that simply means our law enforcement will be beefed up to hit hard on those who are law breakers.

“A team of forensic [investigators] will be deployed to investigate the course of the accident. We are appealing to all road users to always adhere to traffic rules and to be patient to one another. [I] would like to send my heartfelt condolences to the families of the deceased,” said Nkonyeni

As the department is approaching October Transport Month, Nkonyeni said they will be intensifying their road safety campaigns to encourage motorists to adhere to traffic laws.

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