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Nzimande: We are saddened by the loss of student lives

Seven Wits University students were killed in a car crash near Mokopane on Sunday.

Higher Education Minister, Blade Nzimande. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande, has paid a visit to the survivors of the Limpopo taxi accident, in which seven Wits University students were killed.

Nine people died when the vehicle they were travelling in, from a church pilgrimage, crashed near Mokopane on Sunday.

Authorities say the minibus taxi collided with a truck and caught alight.

Three students and one another person are still recovering in hospital.

Nzimande says the department is saddened by the loss of lives.

"We were really shocked and saddened by this accident, including the passing away of seven students. Young lives that were very promising in very good fields that they were studying."

The minister also expressed his condolences to the university.

On Tuesday, Gauteng Health MEC Qedani Mahlangu said the four survivors had been transferred to the Charlotte Maxeke Hospital, where they are in a stable condition.

Meanwhile, Transport Minister Dipuo Peters has described this past weekend as 'the saddest moment in history", calling the long weekend in which 237 lives were lost on South African roads.

LISTEN: 237 people lost their lives on the roads over the long weekend

Additional reporting by Mia Lindeque and Emily Corke

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