Accident victims to claim directly from RAF

Transport Minister Dipuo Peters visited Thabong to promote an outreach campaign.

Transport Minister Dipuo Peters. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Transport Minister Dipuo Peters encouraged eligible community members in the Free State to claim directly from the Road Accident Fund (RAF) on Saturday.

Peters visited the families who have been affected by road accidents in the community of Thabong earlier.

The visit formed part of an outreach campaign by the department to be held around the country.

The ministry's spokesperson Nozipho Jafta said, "We want to breach the gap between the Road Accident Fund and the claimants. Usually claimants deal with us through lawyers but now we are engaging them directly."

Meanwhile, one person died and two others were injured in separate accidents in the past 24 hours in KwaZulu-Natal.

In one accident, a woman sustained serious injuries after she lost control of her car on the N2 South around midnight.

Netcare's Chris Botha said, "Paramedics stabilised her before she was transported to a local Netcare hospital where she received further treatment."

In another accident, a man died on impact while another sustained serious injuries in a head-on collision along the R102 in Park Rynie.

Botha said paramedics arrived shortly after the accident.

"When they arrived bystanders had already pulled one of the drivers out. He was on the side of the road, but tragically he had died on impact due to the severe injuries he sustained. The other driver was treated on scene and transport to a local hospital where he received further treatment."