MEC Shongwe sends condolences to the families of the Machadodorp accident
21 May 2012
Mpumalanga Community Safety, Security and Liaison MEC Vusi Shongwe has send condolences to the families of the eight people who died today, 21 May 2012 in a taxi accident.
The overloaded taxi pulling a trailer with a Mozambique registration number that was travelling from the direction of Nelspruit via the Schoemanskloof road to the direction of Middelburg, 14 km to Machadodorp overturned and killed seven people instantly including the driver.
Ten people who were seriously injured and seven slightly were rushed to hospital and later, one died. Preliminary investigations indicate that the taxi had a tyre burst and the driver lost control.
MEC Shongwe said that the province had since been concerned about the number of accidents involving many fatalities where Mozambique registered vehicles are involved.
"So far, we have seen a lot of accidents involving vehicles from Mozambique with a high number of fatalities. It is unfortunate because these accidents are counted in our province and they increase the statistics in our province as if the province is not doing enough on road safety education," said Shongwe.
The MEC will soon visit Mozambique to discuss issues on road safety with his counterparts.
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Issued by: Mpumalanga Community Safety, Security and Liaison
21 May 2012
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