As many as 14 people died and three others were seriously hurt early on Saturday morning in a head-on collision
between a Quantum kombi and a minibus taxi.
The horror collision occurred between Reitz and Petrus Steyn.
The department of transport said the Quantum kombi was overtaking another vehicle, resulting in a head-on collision with the Crafter kombi.
“The Minister of Transport, Mr. Fikile Mbalula, is deeply saddened by this tragic crash and has conveyed his heartfelt condolences to the families and loved ones of those who lost their lives,” said the department.
“He also conveyed wishes for a speedy recovery to those who suffered injuries and are recuperating in hospital.”
The department said the Road Traffic Management Corporation will conduct an investigation on the root cause of the crash.
“Loss of life on our roads is a tragedy we must all work towards curtailing,” said Mbalula.
The deadly head-on collision was the second reported on Saturday morning.
In another deadly crash, seven men lost their lives and 20 others were injured when the delivery van they were travelling in crashed along the R573 between Kwaggafontein and Moteti.
“It is only through collective effort that includes responsible behaviour by motorists, effective law enforcement and innovative engineering solutions in road design by government, that we will arrest the carnage on our roads and reverse the tide,” said Mbalula.
“The festive season is characterised by increased traffic as holidaymakers make their way home or to places of leisure and irresponsible behaviour that includes drunk driving.
“We must all be vigilant and obey the rules of the road at all times. Law enforcement authorities will maximise visibility on the roads and will deal with those who violate the law severely without fear or favour”.