President Cyril Ramaphosa has encouraged road users to be vigilant and obey the rules of the road at all times.
This call follows the death of six people in an accident during a three-vehicle collision on the notorious R573 Moloto Road at Kameeldrift, near Pretoria, on Monday.
At least 25 people – most of them bus passengers – were taken to hospital after a Putco Bus, an SBV armoured vehicle and a Toyota Avanza got involved in a head-on collision.
The 160km stretch of Moloto Road - dubbed road of death - runs through the provinces of Gauteng, Mpumalanga and Limpopo. The road is used by close to 60 000 commuters on a daily basis.
“This tragic incident reminds us of the fragility of life and reminds us why it is necessary for all of us to be patient and considerate as we use and share our roads.
“A few seconds of consideration can prevent a lifetime of trauma and loss,” said President Ramaphosa.
The President went on to extend his condolences to the family and friends of the deceased.
He also wished the survivors of the incident a speedy recovery.
South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) is currently upgrading the Mpumalanga and Limpopo side of this road to the value of R4.5 billion. This includes the improvement of road safety measures. - SAnews.gov.za