Police have arrested a Mpumalanga driver of a light transport service vehicle who got involved in a terrible accident around KwaMhlanga, Mpumalanga, on Saturday morning that killed nine lives immediately he was released from the hospital on charges of culpable murder and driving while intoxicated.
Speaking on the matter, Mr Moeti Mmusi, a spokesman for Mpumalanga Community Safety, said the driver was treated at KwaMhlanga Hospital and released the same day.
“He was then charged with culpable homicide, intoxicated driving, driving recklessly and negligently.
Mmusi said he is anticipated to appear in court shortly to request bail.
He said the accident happened at 5 a.m. on the R573 Road between Kwaggafontein and Moteti.
“A light delivery van toppled, and this happened.”
Twenty additional individuals were seriously injured, and they are being treated at the adjacent KwaMhlanga and Philadelphia Hospitals, according to Mmusi.
He stated that the individuals that died were all passengers.
Two of the 20 people previously listed as critically injured eventually died, increasing the total number of people killed to nine.
“It’s thought that the car’s driver lost control and the vehicle drifted off the road before falling on the side.”
The crash is already the subject of an inquiry. “One of the things the inquiry will look into is overloading,” Mmusi added.
Vusi Shongwe, Mpumalanga’s MEC for Community Safety, Security, and Liaison, expressed “deep grief” over the multiple crashes that had destroyed families over the weekend.
Shongwe urged drivers to be extra cautious on the road.
The MEC expressed condolences to the dead families and wished the injured a fast recovery.
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