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'Victims of Mokopane taxi crash were Wits students'

Nine people died in an accident involving a minibus and truck near Mokopane in Limpopo on Sunday.

Picture: @ArriveAlive on Twitter.

JOHANNESBURG - The Transport Department has confirmed seven of the nine people killed in a minibus taxi crash near Mokopane in Limpopo were Wits students travelling to Polokwane for a church pilgrimage.

A Toyota quantum hit the trailer of an overturned truck and caught alight on the N1 highway near the NYL plaza toll-gate last night.

Authorities say six people survived the crash and have been hospitalised.

Department spokesperson Kagiso Mootane says the Limpopo transport MEC has met with three of the survivors.

"They visited the hospital of Mokopane. Three of them are able to talk, they told us that they were students from Wits and were in the province to attend a church pilgrimage. We are pleading with our motorist at the end of the long weekend… let's refrain from speeding."

At the same time, Wits University has sent a team to the scene of the accident.

The university has also sent representatives to the Mokopane hospital where students who survived are being treated.

Wits spokesperson Shirona Patel says many of the students' families have not yet been informed of the tragedy.

"The university extends its deepest sympathies to the family and friends of those who passed away during this difficult period. Our team on the ground is there to make sure that they can pass on details of the friends, family and next of kin to the police and anyone who requires it."

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