The Festive season has begun on a rather sad note on Western Cape roads .In the wee hours of the morning this past Saturday 12 people including 3 children lost their lives when a mini bus taxi lost control ,rolling on the N1 close to Touws River.
The African National Congress (ANC) in the Western Cape expressed shock and grave concern at the high road fatalities in the province and also appealed to the public to exercise caution on the roads.
In a statement the party encouraged road users to be“more vigilant, tolerant and polite to one another”.
This is a most appalling start to the festive season and we are saddened by these road deaths. We would like to appeal to all road users to prioritize their own safety as well as that of others,
The ANC said in a statement.
The party also appealed to road authorities to show zero tolerance to those who deliberately violated road rules. “We cannot have mayhem ruling on our roads,” the statement said.
From media reports released, the Western Cape Traffic Chief confirmed the accident saying “Early this morning, shortly after [3am], a driver of a taxi lost control of the taxi and the vehicle overturned. In this crash 12 people lost their lives – six male occupants, three female occupants, two boys, and one girl died in this gruesome taxi crash just outside Touws River [heading to Cape Town].” Ten more people were injured in the crash.