Tragic Easter as over 30 killed on KZN roads

Scene of the accident on Town Hill Road

KZN MEC for Community Safety and Transport Mxolisi Kaunda said he was horrified at the high death toll, particularly after the department had launched an intensive pre-Easter road safety campaign targeting taxis and buses.
Kaunda over the weekend visited the scene of the Kranskop-Nkandla bus accident that has thus far claimed 14 lives. The death toll had initially stood at 12 but Ntunjambili hospital management confirmed that an additional two victims have died. The bus was transporting people to a family wedding near Bulwer.
“We are deeply saddened by this horrific bus crash. We are further disturbed by the fact that the death toll has now risen to 14, all victims are females.  We hope and pray that the scores  of those who are injured and are still in hospital will stabilise and recover soon. I still find it difficult to come to terms with what I saw at the scene and the trauma felt by some of the family members who were there. We once again send our deepest condolences to all the affected families. We are also calling on traffic enforcement agencies to close the ranks by punishing all road traffic violations during the Easter holidays and beyond,” said Kaunda.
The MEC said a team of accident reconstruction experts and road engineers have been sent to examine road conditions and advise on additional safety measures needed at that section of the route which includes very steep topography.
On Easter Sunday Kaunda attended the funeral of five people who died in a horrific crash in uMzumbe, South coast of KwaZulu-Natal.
Meanwhile on Monday ten people, including three children were killed in a crash involving three taxis on the N2 towards Port Shepstone reports KZN EMS spokesman Robert McKenzie.
Earlier on Monday three people were killed and 35 injured when two taxis collided on the N3 in Mooi River. ER24 spokesperson Russel Meiring said the three were declared dead at the scene having suffered multiple injuries.
The Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) said on Monday that it had issued nearly 20,000 fines for various traffic offences across the country during the Easter holidays weekend.

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