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All 15 killed in Limpopo crash were Zimbabweans

A collision between a truck & an overloaded double cab bakkie yesterday killed 15 people.

Fifteen people have been killed in head-on collision on R101 between Mokopane and Mookgophong on 20 January, 2016. Picture: Twitter @SAPoliceService.

JOHANNESBURG - The Limpopo Department of Transport says it's concerned about the desperation of people trying to enter the country illegally, even at the cost of their own lives.

A collision between a truck and an overloaded double cab bakkie near Mokopane in the early hours of yesterday morning killed 15 Zimbabwean citizens.

Authorities say the hour at which the accident happened and the route the vehicle was taking suggests the people in the bakkie may have been trying to evade authorities.

The department says the 15 passengers of the double cab bakkie and its driver were all identified as Zimbabwean.

However, preliminary investigations suggest only four of them were in the country legally.

The department's Kagiso Mootane says, "It's unfortunate because if you remember, during December we arrested a lot of them. We deported them back to Zimbabwe but what is worrying is in cases like this one, they come back illegally."

Only one of the passengers of the bakkie survived while the truck driver sustained minor injuries.

A case of culpable homicide is now being investigated.

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