The death toll in the horror taxi crash on the R538 between Hazyview and White River continues to rise and 11 passengers, among them three children, are dead. The taxi overturned and burst into flames after hitting cows on the road. Five others are still in a serious condition in local hospitals.
The accident has prompted Community Safety MEC for the province Pat Ngomane to say that the owner of the cattle should be held responsible for the deaths. Ngomane said that livestock owners should be held liable for their herds. The owner of the cattle has as yet not been found.
Because many of the bodies have been burnt beyond recognition, DNA tests are needed to establish identity. Ngomane has appealed to the family members of the deceased to be patient. The public has been asked to assist SAPS in locating the owner of the three cows responsible for the tragedy.
In another incident a man died in a head-on collision on Graceland Road in Secunda in Mpumalanga on the same night. The driver of the VW Polo was declared dead at the scene whilst another man, believed to be in his forties who was driving the other vehicle a bakkie, had been taken to MediClinic.