Police officer killed, ruling party members injured in head-on accident


A police officer has died in a head-on collision with a bus carrying African National Congress (ANC) members from 8 January celebrations in Kimberley.

The ruling party held its 108th anniversary celebrations at Tafel Lager Stadium in Kimberly, Northern Cape over the weekend.

The bus was en route to Namakwa area when it was involved in an accident with another vehicle about 15km out of Upington on the N14 near Kalksloot on Saturday night.

The officer, who was behind the wheel of a sedan, died after it caught fire.

Seven occupants of the bus, including the driver, were injured.

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Police spokesperson Mohale Ramatseba said: “The driver of the sedan was fatally killed and burned in the car. The deceased was a captain based in Upington. Police are investigating a culpable homicide case.”

ANC confirmed the incident, and called for more awareness and caution against speeding on the roads.

“The ANC urges provincial road traffic management and enforcement authorities to step up their efforts to raise awareness about the need to use our roads responsibly and about the dangers of excessive speeding.

“The bus was en route to Namakwa and was involved in an accident with another vehicle about 15km out of Upington on the N14 near Kalksloot. The driver of the vehicle was killed instantly,” ANC spokesperson Pule Mabe said in a statement on Sunday.

The African National Congress (ANC) offered its condolences to the driver’s family.

“The ANC has expressed sorrow that the January 8th celebrations have been marred by this tragic loss of life. The organisation reiterated that the number of lives being lost on our roads due to accidents remains worryingly high,” Mabe said.

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