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UPDATE: 8 people killed, 13 others injured in head-on collision in Melkbosstrand

A minibus and car crashed into each other on Monday morning.

Seven people have been killed in a head-on collision in Melkbosstrand in the Western Cape on Monday morning, 26 October 2020. Picture: @ER24EMS/Twitter

Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect the rise in the number of fatalities

CAPE TOWN - Eight people were on Monday killed and 13 others injured in a head-on collision in Melkbosstrand in the Western Cape.

A minibus and car crashed into each other on Monday morning.

Cape Town Traffic Service's Maxine Bezuidenhout said: “Melkbosstrand Road is currently closed in that direction between the N7 and Malmesbury Road and that’s due to a head-on collision where seven people have been fatally injured. The cause of the accident is being investigated by the South African Police Service.”

It's the latest major deadly crash involving a taxi.

Just last week, 16 people were killed when a minibus taxi collided with a truck in KwaZulu-Natal.

At the same time, President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday said government was giving urgent attention to problems in the taxi industry.

Ramaphosa has used his weekly newsletter to reflect on the dismal state of South Africa's public transport sector.

He acknowledges that millions of citizens use taxi's buses or trains to go about their daily business.

He said, unfortunately, public transport continued to be plagued by challenges. Some are the legacy of apartheid development, but many are contemporary and persistent.

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