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2013-08-07 08:10

WHAT WILL IT TAKE? A five-year-old girl has died after falling off from the back of a bakkie in Cape Town. How many more people need to be victims before government does something about it? Image: LES STEPHENSON

CAPE TOWN - A five-year-old girl died after she was run over by a bakkie during a beer ceremony in Cape Town, the Daily Voice reported on Tuesday.

Anelisiwe Saul had reportedly been playing on the back of a bakkie with other children during a traditional beer ritual in Khayelitsha on Sunday night.

CHILDREN ON BACK OF BAKKIE

Her mother Neliswa Saul told the newspaper the driver, who had taken part in the ritual, decided to drive to his brother's home with the children still on the back.

"For some reason he reversed over a speed hump and that's when Anelisiwe fell out. He backed up again and hit her on the head as she tried to get out from underneath the van," Saul was quoted as saying.

The girl died on the scene.

Captain Frederick van Wyk confirmed to the newspaper that the man was arrested and charged with culpable homicide.

Earlier in March 2013, Wheels24 reported on four children killed in a bakkie crash. In July, 15 people were killed and 28 injured in another bakkie crash.

Wheels24 editor LES STEPHENSON video'd an overloaded bakkie travelling along the N7 on the West Coast:

WATCH THE VIDEO

"This video was shot on the southbound N7 approaching Cape Town," he said. "The bakkie was doing about 120km/h with eight labourers in its load bay - all of them apparently happy to have the lift and one of them sitting on a stool.

"However they seemed unaware of what would happen should the driver have to brake hard or, worse, collide with another vehicle."

When will the national transport ministry do something about deaths associated to bakkie crashes and itssignificant contribution to SA's annual road death tally. Email us and we'll publish your thoughts or use the Readers' Comments section below...

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