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2014-06-13 11:11

12 UNROADWORTHY VEHICLES: An SBV cash-in-transit van of the type involved in a horror crash that killed two people and injured 113 in Mpumalanga. Image: SBV

NELSPRUIT, Mpumalanga - Twelve cash-in-transit vehicles belonging to a company whose truck was involved in a crash that killed two people and injured 113 in Mpumalanga on June 10 2014 have been taken out of service.

The crash truck's bonnet reportedly popped open and obscured the windscreen. The driver lost control and the truck collided with an oncoming articulated Buscor bus headed for Nelspruit. The bus left the road , knocking it off the road about 15km outside the city.

Mpumalanga community safety spokesman Joseph Mabuza reported: "The major defects in the discontinued vehicles included faulty steering, defective brakes, electrical problems and oil leaks."


The department tested 14 SBV vehicles at its White River testing station on June 12 2014. Only two were deemed roadworthy. Most had travelled in excess of 400 000km.

Mabuza said: "The vehicles were escorted from their depot in an operation that started around 5am."

Provincial MEC Vusi Shongwe called on business owners to ensure vehicles were roadworthy: "Today's operation was not only about discontinuing vehicles but also about ensuring compliance on the part of their owner."

He said operations would continue in the province.

SBV spokeswoman Vanessa Sabbatini said: “A thorough investigation into the causes of the accident is being conducted.”

She said further information would be disclosed after the investigation.

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