- A devastating accident in the Eastern Cape took the lives of 14 people on Wednesday
- A minibus taxi and a truck collided while the taxi was en route to Mt Frere
- The Transport Department has since launched a probe after it was discovered that lockdown regulations had been flouted
The Eastern Cape has been hit with another devastating accident with the loss of 15 people after a taxi and a truck collided on Wednesday.
The Department of Transport has announced that it will probe the incident after it was discovered that the taxi had been carrying more passengers than the national lockdown regulations allow for.
The rules stipulate that taxis are only permitted to carry 70% of passenger capacity and only travel between 5am to 10am, and 4pm to 8pm.
The accident happened en route to Mt Frere with the SABC reporting that all the deceased had been occupants of the taxi.
The truck driver and a passenger were taken to hospital after sustaining serious injuries.
Spokesperson Unathi Binqose commented on behalf of Transport MEC Weziwe Tikana-Gxothiwe:
“The MEC has also expressed deep disappointment at the gross violation of the National Disaster Act as the taxi had 15 passengers, something that should not have happened. She has called on law enforcement to leave no stone unturned in investigating the case and ensuring the rules are upheld at all times."
Briefly.co.za gathered that Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula had confirmed the death toll increasing from 11 in a statement on the matter:
"Mbalula has sent his condolences to the bereaved and wished the injured a swift and full recovery. Minister Mbalula has expressed his disappointment that the minibus was fully loaded and thus in contravention of the lockdown regulations. The matter has been handed over to law enforcement officials. The Road Traffic Management Corporation's Crash Investigation Unit will be working with the South African Police Service to ascertain the cause of the collision and probe the contravention of the lockdown regulations."
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