Pongola horror crash: Victims’ families welcome accident report

A report into the Pongola fatal crash on the N2 in KwaZulu-Natal, found that the driver of a truck had been reckless

Pongola horror crash: Victims’ families welcome accident report

The families of the victims who were killed in the Pongola road crash in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) say they hope such a tragedy never happens again in the area.

A truck and bakkie transporting children collided on the N2 between Pongola and Itshelejuba, claiming the lives of 20 people, 18 of them being children, last week. Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula released the accident report, which found that the driver of the truck had been reckless and was likely the cause of the crash. The man, Sibusiso Siyaya was arrested, following the collision and faces 20 charges of culpable homicide.

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The families of the Pongola crash victims say they welcome the accident report and that the community has been concerned about the impact of trucks in the area for a long time.

Dumisani Kunene and Jabulani Nsango are among those who tragically lost family members in the horrific crash.

“What is painful is that some say they had been noticing that people would die due to trucks in the area. But we cannot say anything now. What has happened, has happened. We hope that this is the last time to see such an accident. The minister also comforted (us) as they work together with Sanral to decrease road accidents in the area. We hope that it will produce positive results,” they are quoted as having told SABC News.

Mbalula has condemned Siyaya’s actions, including the fact that he used the vehicle to transport people, which is illegal.

“The driver recklessly overtook vehicles and drove on an oncoming lane for approximately 1,2 kilometres. These vehicles had to swerve out of the way of the approaching truck. The driver never made any attempt to return to his correct lane, but continued driving facing oncoming traffic. The report concludes that driver error is the major contributing factor to the root cause of the crash”

Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula