gas tanker and bakkie collision

Image: Limpopo Department of Transport and Community Safety.

Transport Minister appeals to motorist not to speed

Transport Minister appeals to motorist to reduce speed to avoid road fatalities.

gas tanker and bakkie collision

Image: Limpopo Department of Transport and Community Safety.

Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula appeals to South African motorist not to speed and to be vigilant on the roads this festive season.


Mbalula says human behaviour contributes to the carnage we see on our roads.

“Our pedestrians, we call upon you to wear visible clothes at night and cross the road only when it is safe to do so,” says Mbalula.


He is also urging motorists not to drink, and drive must drive cautiously and avoid speeding.”

“Public transport operators must avoid overloading their vehicles.”


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Six people were killed in a vehicle accident when a bakkie and a truck collided head-on.

The accident happened on the N1.29 North in the Vhembe District on 26 December 2022.

The accident happened on a stretch of road commonly known as Manyathela curve between Sasol Garage and the Baobab Toll Plaza

Law enforcement agencies cite speeding as a possible cause of the crash.

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As reported by the Department of Transport and Community Safety, A 35-year-old driver, four passengers aged between eight and 15 died in the accident.

An infant also killed in the accident.

MEC for Transport and Community Safety, Florence Radzilani sends condolences to the families of the deceased. 

“We are saddened by these fatalities and send our deepest condolences to the families affected by this tragic incident.

“We continue to plead with all motorists to obey the rules of the road, for everyone to arrive at their respective destinations alive and sound.”


ALSO READ: Two people KILLED when car crashes into river

In another accident two people were killed and three others injured when their vehicle crashed into a river in Mpumalanga.

A man and woman were killed on Monday 26 December, when their car went off the road and into a river between Bethal and Standerton in Mpumalanga.

The second man, along with two women, got mild to moderate wounds.

In addition to treating the victims, medical personnel rendered advanced life support procedures and CPR to the seriously injured man. Sadly, the man eventually passed away from his injuries.