Tragedy Strikes Eastern Cape: Eleven Perish in Fatal Accident

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On Sunday, 4 June 2023, a catastrophic accident occurred on the R61 highway at Dlibona location, resulting in the loss of eleven lives. The incident took place between Flagstaff and Lusikisiki in the Eastern Cape, leaving the nation in mourning.

Transport Minister Expresses Grief and Urges Road Safety

Transport Minister, Ms. Sindisiwe Chikunga, expressed her deep sorrow and condolences to the families of the deceased. She also emphasized the importance of road safety, urging all road users to play their part in ensuring responsible behavior for the safety of everyone.

Investigation Initiated to Unveil Root Cause of Accident

The Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) has launched an investigation into the incident to determine the root cause. Transport Minister Chikunga has requested a preliminary report on the matter. This tragedy highlights the need for effective strategies to minimize the risk of such events in the future.

Minister Announces Plans to Support Affected Families

Minister Chikunga announced plans to collaborate with relevant authorities, including the Road Accident Fund (RAF), to provide aid for the affected families. She also extended her wishes for a swift and full recovery to those injured in the accident.

Collective Responsibility for Safer Roads

Unsafe road conditions and driver behavior have severe consequences, as demonstrated by this tragic event. It is the collective responsibility of all road users, from drivers to pedestrians, to contribute to a safer environment, adhere to traffic rules, and exercise caution.

Learning from Tragedies and Taking Appropriate Measures

As a nation, we must learn from these tragedies and take appropriate measures to prevent further loss of life on the roads. Authorities must work diligently and consistently in educating the public, enforcing regulations, and maintaining road infrastructure to ensure the safety and well-being of all citizens.

Multifaceted Approach to Road Safety

Road safety requires a combined effort from various stakeholders, including the government, private sector, and civil society. Public awareness campaigns, skill development programs, and infrastructure improvements can play a vital role in minimizing the risk of accidents and saving precious lives.

A Shared Commitment to Safety

In the face of this devastating event, let us not only mourn the loss of life but also pledge to work collectively towards a safer and more responsible environment on the roads. Through our combined efforts and a shared commitment to safety, we can strive to prevent such tragedies and create a better future for all.

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