RTMC: Weekend accidents caused by reckless driving

In Pietermaritzburg, 19 people died when an overloaded taxi veered off a bridge, 7 people died in a collision on the N1 in Limpopo while 4 people, including a baby girl, died in Mpumalanga.

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JOHANNESBURG - The Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) says it is shocked by three major crashes in which 30 people were killed at the weekend.

In Pietermaritzburg, 19 people died when an overloaded taxi they were travelling in veered off a bridge.

On Sunday, seven people died in a collision on the N1 in Limpopo while four people, including a baby girl, died in Mpumalanga.

RTMC’s Simon Zwane says public transport drivers must abide by the traffic laws.

“In all of these circumstances, we believe that the situations were completely avoidable had it not been for the recklessness of the drivers involved.”

Zwane has also warned commuters not to get into unsafe vehicles.

“In rural areas, it becomes difficult if that is the only taxi that is operating on that day. People become desperate.”

The RTMC says investigations are now underway to determine the cause of the crashes.

(Edited by Zinhle Nkosi)