Seven people died after a bus they were travelling in overturned on the R37 Road between Lydenburg and Sabie on Friday afternoon.
According to the Department of Community Safety, Security and Liaison, the deceased were certified dead at the scene. About 49 people sustained injuries and were taken to nearby hospitals for medical attention.
MEC, Vusi Shongwe expressed that is deeply disheartening for the province to begin the festive season on a bad note. “We are concerned about the number of fatalities that the province recorded so far from the crashes since last week. We continue to make a clarion call to motorists to be extremely vigilant amid rising traffic volumes. They should be patient and plan their trips accordingly,” Shongwe said.
He also appealed for cautious usage of the road during this festive season.