Sixteen people were sadly killed in a horrific Groblersdal accident on road R579 in Motetema near Groblersdal, Limpopo on Friday, 03 March at around 07:00 in the morning.

The accident is suspected to have happened when a minibus taxi collided head-on with a truck and another minibus taxi after overtaking unsafely.


Law enforcement officers at the scene cite reckless driving as a possible cause of the crash.

One of the minibus taxis involved was transporting learners to school. Drivers of the two taxis and six learners are among the sixteen who have died. Four passengers with serious injuries were transported to a nearby health facility for medical attention.

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The accident scene on road R579-Motetema has since been cleared and the road is now open for traffic.


Three other people were also killed in a separate accident on the R71 near Ga -Makanye in the Mankweng area in Polokwane this morning. This happened when a truck ignored a stop and collided side-swipe with a Datsun light motor vehicle. Killing all three occupants of the Datsun.

Limpopo MEC for Transport and Community Safety, Florence Radzilani sends condolences to the bereaved families. She has expressed serious concern about the number of fatalities that the Province had already recorded, at this time of the year.

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“These accidents are an indication that something is very wrong when it comes to driver behaviour, as these crashes are caused by reckless driving in most instances.

“We continue to plead with motorists to obey the rules of the road at all times. Ensure that their vehicles are in a roadworthy condition before they can embark on their trips”, said MEC Radzilani.

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