Car accident kills ten church members in forest



Ten women had lost their lives in tragic car accident in the Eastern Cape.

The accident happened when their vehicle rolled into a forest at Mthatha in the Eastern Cape.

A light delivery vehicle travelling from Mpahle location towards the Thafalehashe administrative area with 13 occupants – 12 women and a male driver – allegedly rolled backwards on an uphill section of gravel road.

Ten women died following the incident while the driver and two other occupants were injured.

Those injured were taken to Zithulele Hospital.

The 13 were on their way to visit a bereaved family.

Transport minister Fikile Mbalula has sent condolences to families who lost their loved ones in the accident.

“Tragedy has struck during a month when we ought to be celebrating women, not mourning their untimely passing. Our hearts are broken.”

“The deceased are alleged to be members of a church, who were on their way to pay their respects to a family that had suffered a bereavement,” said Mbalula.

“It is sad to hear that their own families are now experiencing similar devastation. Our sincere condolences to the bereaved.”

The minister wished those in the hospital a swift recovery.

“An investigation by the Road Traffic Management Corporation and the South African Police Service is under way to determine the exact cause of this crash,” he added.

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