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Sunday, 11 February 2024 20:35

Limpopo MEC calls on road users to take extra precautions after 7 killed in head-on collision.

By Lehlohonolo Lehana.

Seven people were killed in a head-on collision in the early hours of Sunday between a car and police van on the R101 in the Waterberg district in Limpopo.

The SAPS van was travelling from Mookgophong towards Mokopane.

Five people in the Renault sedan and two passengers from the SAPS van — a police officer and a suspect — died at the scene. 

The driver of the police van was rushed to the hospital. 

"The cause of this horrific accident is still unknown and is currently being investigated," the provincial Transport Department's Vongani Chauke said.

Limpopo transport and community safety MEC Florence Radzilani sent messages of condolences to the bereaved families and wished the driver a speedy recovery.

Radzilani has also appealed to road-users to take extra precautions during their trips in order to reduce road fatalities on the provincial roads.

The accident happens after Transport Minister Sindisiwe Chikunga expressed concern at the high level of vehicle crashes and fatalities that have occurred in the country recently.

"In recent past weeks, there were some equally gruesome accidents that robbed our country of fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, families and young children who had a potential to grow up and make a meaningful contribution to develop our country," Chikunga said.

"This is an unacceptable behaviour and conduct. It is unacceptable because we know that road crashes are preventable and they are avoidable. Every driver knows that we all have responsibilities, not to drive vehicles with faulty brakes, worn tyres and that are unroadworthy. 

"Each year, the lives of South Africans are cut short because of road traffic crashes. Moreover, thousands of people suffer non-fatal injuries, with many becoming disabled as a result of injuries suffered during road crash incidents.

"While we have intensified efforts to communicate road safety messages through different mediums, it is unfortunate that road users' attitude and behaviour towards obeying the rules of the road remain main factors significantly contributing to fatalities on the road, and as such this calls for more education targeted at behavioural change, "the Minister said.