Press Release | 18 July 2020
KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Transport, Community Safety and Liaison, Bheki Ntuli today visited the families of the two girls who were ran over by a backup vehicle escorting KwaNongoma Mayor.
The incident happened on the R66 in White City on Thursday afternoon.
Immediately after receiving news about the accident MEC Ntuli directed the department and the police to institute an urgent investigation into the fatal crash. He also committed to constructing speed humps along the road where the accident happened.
According to eye witnesses, the vehicle was traveling at an excessive speed, killing the two girls aged 12 and 13.
MEC Ntuli vowed to the families that tough action will be taken if investigations reveal that the driver was reckless and negligent.
“Police are investigating cases of culpable homicide and negligent driving. Our investigation will probe the allegations of excessive speeding and the driver’s condition at the time of the accident because this is a residential area and extra caution ought to have been adhered to. There is no one who is above the law and members of the protection service must also adhere to the laws of our country, including the National Road Traffic Act. The forensic investigation must be expedited so that the affected families can find closure. Through this accident, the future of the two girls has been shuttered and their families have lost future breadwinners and future professionals. The devastating effect of this accident is deeper to the affected families and the community of KwaNongoma. On behalf of the provincial government we wish to send our deepest condolences to the families of the two girls,” said MEC Ntuli.
MEC Ntuli said the affected families will be assisted with the necessary logistical arrangements to ensure that their loved ones are given a dignified buarial.
Issued by: KZN Department of Transport.
Photo: KZN MEC for Transport, Community Safety and Liaison, Mr Bheki Ntuli conveying words of condolences to the grief-stricken families .