Jane Sithole MPL
Spokesperson for community safety, security and Liaison
The DA is deeply saddened by the horrific traffic accident where 11 people lost their lives just outside White River last night, and passes our most sincere condolences to the families of the deceased.
According to reports the accident occurred when a truck driver lost control of his vehicle and collided head-on with a bus, following which an SUV collided into the wreckage. It is reported that all three vehicles burst into flames, causing the death of 11 bus passengers while 40 others suffered injuries.
The DA welcomes the announcement by transport minister Dipuo Peters that the Road Traffic Management Corporation had dispatched a national team of investigators to join the investigation by the police, as this incident is so horrific that it will require intensive investigation to determine the causes behind it.
This incident should act as reminder to every motorist out there that road traffic accidents can happen any time and at any place, and the DA calls on every road user to stay alert at all times, obey the rules of the road, and to ensure that their vehicles are in a serviceable and roadworthy condition.
One life lost on Mpumalanga’s roads is one life too many, and the DA thanks every emergency response person that assisted on the scene last night to prevent the further loss of lives.
The DA, along with the rest of Mpumalanga shares the tragic loss suffered by the bereaved, and wishes those who suffered injuries a speedy recovery.