Twelve family members including a child have died after the driver of a taxi they were travelling in allegedly lost control and crashed into an embankment.
The accident happened at Kilimon between Underberg and Bulwer late on Saturday afternoon.
The family were travelling back home after attending a traditional ceremony.
Three survivors who sustained injuries have been admitted to hospital.
KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Transport, Community Safety and Liaison Bheki Ntuli has called on all road users to exercise extreme caution on the roads and obey traffic rules.
MEC Ntuli described the accident as gut-wrenching and very painful.
“My heart goes out to the family that lost 12 loved ones in this horrific accident. As the provincial government, we commit to working with the family during this difficult period. I would also like to wish those in hospital a speedy recovery,” said MEC Ntuli.
MEC Ntuli added that while investigations into the cause of the fatal crash are still underway, empirical evidence shows that a majority of accidents on the road are a result of human behaviour.
“Road fatalities are a major concern to government; however, it takes society as a whole to ensure that they play their part in curbing the high accident rate. One death is one too many. Far too many lives are lost, and families are adversely affected because of, among others, reckless driving. I urge motorists to be extra cautious on the road and obey the rules of the road. As part of the 2020 October Transport Month programme, we will be intensifying law enforcement operations and promoting behavioural change on the road through road safety awareness campaigns to educate road users on basic principles of being safe on the road,” added MEC Ntuli.
Robert MacKenzie of the KwaZulu-Natal EMS said the minibus came to rest near a river. Paramedics from several private ambulance services were in attendance along with the KZN EMS.
Meanwhile, six people were killed, and five others left injured, following a bakkie rollover on the S61 in the Besters area outside of Ladysmith late on Friday night.
On September 22, 13 people died in a crash on the New Greytown Road outside Pietermaritzburg. Read more about that here.