Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has reacted to the horrific accident that claimed 17 lives near Limpopo on Wednesday. In a statement released by the Department of Transport both Mbalula and MEC Lerule- Ramakhanya lamented the tragic incident.

“The Minister of Transport, Fikile Mbalula has learned with alarm and sadness of a head-on collision that claimed 17 lives and injured 8 on the N1 near Mookgophong, Limpopo. The Minister joins the Limpopo MEC Lerule-Ramakhanya in conveying his heartfelt condolences to the families of the deceased and wishes of speedy recovery to the injured.”

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Mbalula confirms fire caused by accident claimed bus driver’s life

Taking to social media, Minister Fikile Mbalula confirmed that the incident had an immense impact on him.

“The bus driver lost his life along with the passengers due to the bus catching fire that entrapped them inside immediately after impact. As I convey my heartfelt condolences to these families, I do with a heavy heart.”

Fikile Mbalula

In the statement on the gruesome incident, the Department confirmed that a fire prompted by the collision had worsened the situation.

“The bus driver lost his life along with the passengers due to the bus catching fire that entrapped them inside immediately after impact. The driver of the SUV was also killed on impact.”

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Minister Fikile Mbalula lamented the loss of live after a gruesome Limpopo accident claimed 17 lives on Wednesday. Image: Fikile Mbalula / Twitter

The Minister explained that losing so many lives in such a horrific manner brings a sense of alarm.

 “This is a horrific incident which brings an immediate sense of alarm. Losing so many people in one instance while they are trapped in a burning bus are visuals no one wants to imagine. This is the reality we are constantly confronted with as we put every measure feasible to make our roads safer. Such measures extend to ensuring that vehicles are in a good state of repair and that we conduct ourselves in a manner that saves life and limb on the road.”

Fikile Mbalula

Mbalula’s heart went out to the families of the victims and the Minister wished those recovering from their injuries well. 

“As I convey my heartfelt condolences to these families, I do so with a heavy heart. Young lives pruned at the prime of their lives is a devastating loss to the country. I also wish speedy recovery to those who survived and are recuperating. We will continue to intensify measures to make our roads safe and ensure severe penalties to those who violate the rules with impunity.”

Fikile Mbalula



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