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15 dead, 28 hurt in bakkie crash

2013-07-01 08:41

WHAT WILL IT TAKE? 15 people travelling on an open bakkie have died in a crash with a bus. How many more people need to be victims before government does something about it? Image: Les STEPHENSON

RUSTENBURG, North West - Will this be the crash that finally prompts the government to stop the transport of people, including children, in open bakkies?

Or will the national transport ministry continue to do nothing?

On June 30 2013, 15 people were killed - three of them children - and 28 injured when a bakkie and bus collided on the R510 between Northem and Rustenburg in North West.


Provincial premier Thandi Modise came out with the usual ANC platitude: "I am shocked and saddened by an accident (collision) that claimed the lives of 15 people."

Wheels24 recorded an overloaded bakkie. Watch the video!

It is alleged that the driver of an overloaded bakkie tried to overtake three vehicles. His vehicle, carrying carrying 14 people, and the bus collided head-on.

North West public safety department said 10 men, two women and three children aged eight to 12 who were in the bakkie were killed.
The bus driver and his passengers sustained minor injuries.

Modise added: "We wish to convey our condolences to the families that lost their loved ones in the crash and wish those injured a speedy recovery.

"One death on our roads is a death too many."

So, Wheels24 asks, why is the South African death toll close to 20 000 a year? How many too many is that, Ms Modise?Email us and we'll publish your thoughts or use the Readers' Comments section below...
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