Long weekend sees many fatalities in Mpumalanga


MEC Ngomane laments number of road fatalities in Mpumalanga over long weekend

Tumelo Waga Dibakwane

The long weekend that commenced last week Thursday has so far claimed 15 lives in several crashes that occurred over the long weekend. Mpumalanga Community Safety, Security and Liaison MEC Pat Ngomane is gravely concerned about number of fatalities.

R573 Road (Moloto Road) claimed the most lives as five people passed away after a head-on collision between two sedans on Tuesday around 14h15. Three people died on the scene while two died earlier on Wednesday morning at the hospital due to critical injuries sustained during the collision.

In another incident on the N4 Toll Road at the Van Dyksdrift turn-off, a crash led to another two fatalities yesterday  when a driver in a Volkswagen sedan lost control of the vehicle. The  driver and a passenger died, while three more passengers sustained serious injuries and are in the hospital.

Two pedestrians were simultaneously hit by two separate cars on the R40 Road between Barberton and Mbombela  on Saturday while two more people also lost their lives when they were hit on R40 Road in Bushbuckridge on Friday night. Two more pedestrians perished in two separate hit and run accidents at Machadodorp and Belfast on Sunday evening, both incidents occurred on N4 Toll Road.

A Light Delivery Vehicle (LDV) overturned on the D4394 Road at Mhala in Bushbuckridge yesterday. A passenger and a pedestrian were were killed while the driver sustained serious injuries and was rushed to a nearby hospital. Investigations into all the cases are underway with several cases of culpable homicide being opened at various police stations across the province.

Ngomane says road safety is not only the responsibility of law enforcers, road users also need to play a role by prioritising their own safety and other road users. He insisted that with the right driver attitude and increased alertness on the road while driving, road deaths and injuries could be eliminated. So far, it seems to suggest human error played a major part in most of these crashes.