Minister to visit families of N2 collision victims

A correctional services minibus was involved in a crash with a bakkie and a truck on the N2 near Swellendam.

FILE: Minister of Department of Justice and Constitutional Development Michael Masutha. Picture: GCIS.

CAPE TOWN - Minister of Justice and Correctional Services Michael Masutha is expected to visit the families of eight prison workers who died in a road crash in the Southern Cape on Tuesday.

A correctional services minibus was involved in a crash with a bakkie and a truck on the N2 near Swellendam. The exact cause of the collision is still unclear.

The department Delekile Klaas said he's distraught.

"Emotionally, it has left a wound that is very deep. Officials are very devastated, officials who went to the scene were very traumatised and devastated and it's a loss we never expected."

One official was critically wounded in the crash which happened while they were on their way to work.

Klaas on Tuesday said his department would do everything in its power to assist traumatised staff at the Buffeljagsrivier Correctional Centre.

"We have sent members from the emergency management team, other chaplains for psychology and employee assistance programme officers and additional nurses."