SIX people, including children, have died in an accident involving a taxi and a private vehicle in the early hours of Thursday, 23 December.
According to Western Cape Traffic spokesman Jandre Bakker, the incident happened around 1am between Beaufort West and Leeuw Gamka.
“A fatal crash occurred on the N1 shortly before 1am this morning between Beaufort West and Leeuw Gamka. The crash was between a minibus taxi and a light motor vehicle.
“Six people died in this head-on crash. In the minibus taxi, the male driver died, in the light motor vehicle the male driver, his male passenger and three children (two girls and a boy) also died. A stop and go is in place and traffic delays can be expected,” said Bakker.
The incident happened three days after the death of eight people in another horror crash between a taxi and a private vehicle.
Six of the eight people who died in that accident on Monday, 20 December are from the Aloni family from Nyanga.
The Aloni family members who lost their lives in the accident are Thembeka Aloni (42), Nosiphiwo Aloni (39), Ayabonga Aloni (30), Luzuko Aloni (22), Ovuyo Aloni (13) and eight-month-old Lithemba Aloni.
MEC of Transport in the Western Cape Daylin Mitchell has urged motorists to exercise caution on the road.
“I urge all who are planning to travel over the festive season to please make sure they stay safe by wearing their masks over their nose and mouth at all times when out in any public transport vehicle.
“If you are planning a long road trip, have your lights, indicators, windscreen wipers, brakes, steering, shock absorbers and tyres checked for faults. Make sure your vehicle is roadworthy before you leave. Plan your trip so that you have a rest break every 200km or every two hours,” said Mitchell.
– Daily Sun