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Safety MEC meets with taxi associations following Randfontein fatal crash

The MEC yesterday accompanied Gauteng Premier David Makura to visit the families of the deceased.

MEC Nkosi-Malobane is visiting the bereaved family in Katlhehong. Picture: Mia Lindeque/EWN

JOHANNESBURG Gauteng Safety MEC Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane has met with local taxi associations following a fatal crash in Randfontein which killed 14 people.

It's believed the taxi drove into oncoming traffic and collided head on with the truck on the R41 on Friday.

Two people remain in hospital after they sustained serious injuries in the crash.

Malobane yesterday accompanied Gauteng Premier David Makura to visit the families of the deceased and the two survivors of the accident.

She said she is extremely concerned about the behavior of taxi drivers on the road.

"In most cases you'd find that people overtaking in areas where they're not supposed to overtake and they risk other people's lives, particularly their passengers who're their customers."

Meanwhile, Makhura gave a stern warning to public transport operators.

"They should observe the rules of the road. They should ensure their vehicles are roadworthy because it's quite clear that motor vehicle accidents are killing too many people and this is purely a result of reckless driving on our roads."

Makhura also announced that the Randfontein and Mogale City municipalities will assist with funeral arrangements.

He said the families of the deceased are traumatised.

"We are very concerned with the number of accidents that are taking place and in which many people have died on our roads. Many of them are breadwinners and citizens who are contributing meaningfully to our democracy."

Gauteng traffic police have described the collision in Randfontein as horrific and traumatising adding that officials spent most of yesterday clearing the wreckage.

Spokesperson Obed Sibasa said it's another reminder for motorists to obey the rules of the road.

"Our moto in Gauteng is that no one must on die our roads."

Mogale traffic police spokesperson Papi Motaung has also warned taxi drivers to look after their vehicles.

"If anything happen that made the taxi to swerve in front of the truck, if it's something mechanical, we'd like to urge taxi drivers to actually take good care of their taxis."

CONDOLENCES

Transport Minister Dipuo Peters has sent her condolences to the families of the 14 people killed.

Police have confirmed that 13 people died on the scene while another person later died in a nearby hospital.

The Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) and police are now reconstructing the scene to determine the cause of the accident.

The RTMC's Simon Zwane said the minister has pledged her support for the families of the victims.

"The minister of transport has already sent her condolences to the families of those who have passed away and she is wishing those in hospital a speedy recovery."