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Dozens gather to remember Randfontein crash victims

Last week a taxi travelling on the R41 in Randfontein overturned after colliding with an oncoming truck.

Kagiso residents have come in their numbers to remember at least 14 people killed in a taxi crash. Picture: Dineo Bendile/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Kagiso residents have gathered in their numbers to pay their respects to at least 14 people killed in a taxi crash in the area.

Last week a taxi travelling on the R41 in Randfontein overturned after colliding with an oncoming truck.

Gauteng finance MEC Barbara Creecy is expected to give an address on behalf of the Premier's office.

The marquee set up at the Swaneville Sports Grounds is overflowing with families, friends and residents who have gathered to remember the victims of the crash.

Representatives from provincial and local government as well as the taxi industry are in attendance to offer support to the families.

All of them agree that greater precaution has to be taken by taxi owners and their drivers to ensure the lives of passengers are safe.

It's believed the driver who was transporting the 14 victims tried to overtake other vehicles recklessly when he swerved into an oncoming truck.

The South African National Taxi Association says families wouldn't be wrong to blame the taxi industry for this tragedy.

Meanwhile, school pupils from across Kagiso have gathered at the grounds to remember their peers who died in a taxi crash.

The accident is now being investigated by the Road Traffic Management Corporation as one of five major accidents over the long weekend.

Nineteen-year-old Phumla Mvana was on her way to school when she was involved in the fatal taxi crash.

Emotional members of her school choir sang her favourite song to remember her.