A head-on collision between a truck and a bus carrying mine workers in South Africa’s northern Limpopo province has left 20 dead, authorities said Monday.
Construction company Murray & Roberts Cementation said 17 of its workers, who were being transported to the Venetia mine in Musina near the Zimbabwean border, died in the accident on Sunday. Four other workers were injured.
The company said it was offering support to the families of the dead.
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The workers were reportedly on their way to work on an underground project at a mine owned by mining giant De Beers.
The traffic police were still at the scene of the accident on Monday to investigate the causes.
Provincial Transport Minister Florence Rajilani, who visited the scene of the accident on Monday, lamented the condition of some of the trucks plying the roads.
“We’re always talking to law enforcement officers and texting these drivers to make sure the vehicle is roadworthy so you don’t put innocent people’s lives at risk,” he said.
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Rajilani said some truckers avoided the roads as they knew traffic officials were highly visible because some of the vehicles were unroadworthy or the drivers did not have valid licences.
“We are waiting from the investigators, but there are already allegations that the truck driver did not have a license and that the truck was not technical,” he told public broadcaster SABC.