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Transport minister to attend mass funeral of KwaZulu-Natal minibus taxi crash

JOHANNESBURG, August 26 – The 19 people who died when a minibus taxi crashed into a bridge barrier and rolled down an embankment off the main road in the Mzunduzi Valley area near Pietermaritzburg, will be buried in KwaZulu-Natal on Saturday.

Transport Minister Joe Maswanganyi is expected to attend the mass funeral in KwaXimba. He will join the provincial and local government; traditional and religious leaders; scores of mourning communities; and other key stakeholders during the funeral, his office said.

It is believed that at least 26 people were crammed into the 16-seat minibus taxi when it crashed on August 20. Eighteen people died at the scene and another died soon afterwards at a nearby clinic.

At the time, the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) said crash investigators would reconstruct the scene in an effort to determine the exact cause of the accident. RTMC spokesman Simon Zwane said the role of weather conditions, the quality of the road, vehicle fitness, and driver behaviour would be examined in detail to determine the exact cause of the accident.

“It is alleged that the driver lost control of the vehicle and it crashed into a barrier on the bridge and rolled down an embankment and landed next to the Msunduzi Dam. There were 26 persons in the 16-seater minibus. The vehicle has been impounded to allow for mechanical investigations to be conducted on it,” Zwane said at the time.

– African News Agency (ANA)

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