20 dead in Karoo minibus crash

2011-11-15 09:26

Western Cape authorities have confirmed that 20 people, two of them children, have died in a collision involving two minibuses and a truck in the Karoo.

All were declared dead on the scene; eight injured passengers were taken to a local hospital. The road was closed.


A trailer being towed by a minibus and a truck collided on the N1 between Leeu-Gamka and Prince Albert Road at about 1am on November 15, 2011, Captain Malcolm Pojie said. The minibus overturned when it was rammed from behind by another minibus.

Pojie said: "The main cause of the accident is not clear. Police are still working on the scene. It seems all the people killed were in the minibuses."

A culpable homicide docket has been opened. 


  • jj4x4 - 2011-11-15 12:13

    How many deaths do they need to make a proper plan on that road - make a stop for all taxis between 12h00 to 06h00 on the road !!

  • Eddy - 2011-11-15 15:36

    And what do you say new now Mr. tough guy minister of transport? more of the same "zero tolerence" on speeding huh?

  • Trevor - 2011-11-16 06:32

    This will only get worse the more cars get onto the road..more people we have breeding like flies in SA needing to move...logical...as for doing anything, what can the government do,ban taxi's between sundown and sunrise...that is idiotic, the Taxi industry will just strike & grind everything to a standstill. This is Africa, see it as a crude way of population control...harsh but true, taxi's are doing what Aids never could do because here the Government can't give away free medication to win votes so, there is no gain for them, just irritation.Taxis's account for around 3% of car sales yet, look at their impact on accidients...scary...long and short of it, it will never change....

  • Jason - 2011-11-16 12:19

    @Eddy, my sentiments exactly, the Ministry of Transport is spending plenty of its budget on Anti Speeding and Anti Drunk Driving campaigns and NOT NEARLY enough on trying to curb the road deaths attributed to taxi and truck accidents. Someone needs to answer for this, and the thousands of other deaths on the road in SA at the hands of taxi drivers and their rolling death traps.

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