Condolences for Doornfontein crash victims' families

Friday, March 18, 2011

Pretoria - Transport Minister Sibusiso Ndebele has conveyed condolences to the bereaved families of eight mineworkers killed in a crash involving a bus on the R501 in Doornfontein on Friday morning. 

"We want to convey condolences to the families and relatives of the mineworkers who lost their lives in the bus crash near Carletonville this morning. We wish those injured a speedy recovery," he said. 

The Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) has dispatched a team of accident investigators and reconstruction specialists to assist in determining the exact cause of this crash. 

Officials from the Road Accident Fund (RAF) will also render assistance to the affected families. 

On Thursday, Ndebele urged motorists to obey all road rules during the coming long weekend.

"We will be commemorating Human Rights Day on 21 March, and the Department of Transport is anticipating increased traffic volumes and busy roads across the country ... We call upon all road users to obey all rules and exercise human rights on our roads. We also urge motorists to drive with their headlamps on at all times," he said. 

Ndebele said traffic officers will be out in full force, as part of the Make Roads Safe campaign and new National Rolling Enforcement Plan. 

"Any person who commits any offence will face the consequences of their actions. Road safety begins with you, so let us all make our roads safe," he said.