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Angie Motshekga offers condolences after 10 teachers die in head-on collision

Angie Motshekga offers condolences after 10 teachers die in head-on collision
A horrific collision claimed 13 lives on the R521 between Polokwane and Dendron in the early hours on Tuesday. Among the deceased were 10 teachers from Limpopo's Capricorn North Education District. (Photo: Supplied)

The crash, which claimed 13 lives, occurred in misty conditions on the R521 between Polokwane and Dendron early on Tuesday morning.

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has expressed her condolences after 10 teachers died in a head-on collision between a minibus and a truck in Limpopo in the early hours of Tuesday.

Some of the teachers taught at Kgolouthwana Secondary School and Maphetsa Primary School in Bochum. 

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The minibus after the horrific collision that claimed 13 lives on the R521 between Polokwane and Dendron in the early hours of Tuesday. (Photo: Supplied)

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Limpopo Education MEC Mavhungu Lerule-Ramakhanya was on the scene and expressed her heartfelt condolences. (Photo: Supplied)

The crash, which claimed 13 lives, occurred in misty conditions on the R521 between Polokwane and Dendron. 

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The 10 teachers were in the minibus along with one other passenger, who also died. The drivers of both vehicles died.  

Limpopo Transport and Community Safety MEC Florence Radzilani’s spokesperson Vongani Chauke reportedly said the cause of the accident was reckless driving as the truck driver had driven in the oncoming lane. 

Radzilani sent her condolences on Tuesday to the bereaved families.

She called on all motorists to take extra precautions, especially during the early hours of the morning.

Limpopo education spokesperson Matome Taueatsoala said a full statement would be issued on Thursday.

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Department of Basic Education spokesperson Elijah Mhlanga said Minister Angie Motshekga had conveyed her heartfelt condolences to the families of the deceased teachers.

“She sends her message of support to the colleagues and learners at the affected schools. It is a sad moment indeed and there are no words to describe this disaster. Our prayers go out to all the affected persons,” Mhlanga said.

Limpopo Education MEC Mavhungu Lerule-Ramakhanya said on Tuesday, “Our hearts and prayers are with all and sundry who lost their loved ones.”   

Limpopo’s South African National Taxi Council chairperson, Ngwepe Lesiba, said on Tuesday, “The accident has left the entire province in mourning. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families, friends and colleagues of the deceased.” DM

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  • virginia crawford says:

    When last has anyone seen traffic officers pulling someone over for reckless driving? A road trip from Cape Town to Jhb was amazing for the crazy driving, mad overtaking and not a speed trap, a camera or traffic cop in sight. Terrible tragedies like this happen every day: our unpoliced roads are the arteries of crime. Criminals can travel all over carrying whatever knowing they won’t be stopped and searched.

  • George Evans says:

    Minibus accidents are always a tragedy given the number of people they impact. Aside from the front the rest of the minibus seems intact. Were the passengers wearing safety belts? I’ve seen with colleagues when people climb into a minibus (a rental that I was driving) they for some reason don’t clip in. (I won’t drive unless they all have).

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