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Randfontein crash victims' family left traumatised

Fifteen people died when the taxi they were travelling in collided with a truck on Friday.

At least 15 people were killed in the Randfontein crash on the R41. Picture: Emily Corke/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The relatives of two women killed in last week's Randfontein crash say they are traumatised and doubt they will ever be able to trust taxi drivers again.

Fifteen people died when the taxi they were travelling in collided with a truck on Friday.

It's understood the driver swerved into the oncoming truck.

The Mabule family say they began to realise that something was wrong when their mother, Thandi, and eldest sister, Elisa, failed to return home on Friday night, having left for Randfontein earlier that morning.

Daughter and sister to the pair Amanda Mabule says she now can't imagine going past the same spot where her loved ones died.

"It's so painful knowing that one day I will have to go past that spot, under the bridge, where both my mother and sister died. I know I will break down every time I go past that accident scene."

Her sister-in-law, Palesa, says she is concerned about getting into a taxi ever again.

"We can't trust taxi drivers, I am so traumatised and I don't ever want to get into a taxi."

Several provincial government officials have reacted with shock to the accident, with Gauteng Premier David Makhura saying the high number of road fatalities in the province was becoming a "crisis".