Premier Stan Mathabatha has noted with concern and regret the passing on of ten passengers in bus accident near Polokwane early this morning (Friday).
The incident follows in the wake of another bus accident resulting in the death of eleven passengers en route from Zambia to Johannesburg on the N1 South earlier this week.
Since the first story on observer.co.za earlier today about seven passengers having died in this morning’s accident, information has been received of another three passengers having passed on in the meantime. Provincial Police spokesperson Mienkie Ramakgoakgoa confirmed fatalities standing at ten. Asked about the gender and ages of the deceased she said investigations continued.
By means of a statement issued by his office this morning Mathabatha, on behalf of his executive and the people of Limpopo, sent heartfelt condolences to the victims and their next of kin.
He simultaneously commended the emergency services, Police and traffic officials for assisting victims and survivors in the tragic incidences.
The Premier again called on drivers as well as taxi and bus operators to assist in preserving the lives of their passengers on the road. “As we approach Festive Season, we will tighten up (step up) law enforcement and be merciless against transgressors,” he was quoted saying.
Story: YOLANDE NEL