According to a statement issued by the Department of Transport and community safety. Two people have died and five were critically injured following a head-on crash involving a VW Polo and a Toyota Kombi on the R71 between Phalaborwa and Namakgale. It is alleged that the couple in a Polo Sedan aged 28 and 29 argued and the female passenger gripped the steering wheel and swerved the vehicle to oncoming traffic. The Polo collided head-on with a kombi that had two occupants. The driver and a female passenger were killed instantly and three passengers seated at the back of the same sedan escaped with serious injuries.
Meanwhile, the minibus taxi caught fire but the driver and the passenger managed to escape and they are said to be in critical condition.
The statement states that this brings to nine the number of people who have died on the Provincial roads since Friday afternoon. It further explains that two pedestrians are amongst those killed while crossing the roads at Giyani and Silom respectively.
Limpopo Transport and Community Safety MEC Mavhungu Lerule Ramakhanya are concerned that the number of fatal crashes is on the rise and pedestrians are amongst the victims.
“We have made a plea to road users to drive with caution but we are seeing an increase of weekend fatalities, the number has increased from eight fatalities recorded last weekend to nine. Reckless and Negligent driving is a common factor in most of these accidents and our road users need to be cautious and think about the consequences of their actions” MEC Lerule-Ramakhanya.