SEKHUKHUNE – A male motorist has died following an accident involving a Sekhukhune District Municipality (SDM) mayoral vehicle on Sunday 13 May 2018 on the R579 route between Lebowakgomo and Jane Furse.
According to a statement issued by Willy Mosoma, SDM Spokesperson, the Executive Mayor and his driver were travelling to Jane Furse to attend official duties when the accident occurred.
Mosoma said while police were still investigating the actual cause of the accident, eye witnesses said the accident happened after a vehicle which was travelling from Tooseng village failed to stop at a stop sign leading to road R579 and collided with the mayoral vehicle.
He said it was during that commotion where a second vehicle collided with the mayoral vehicle from the back, resulting in the death of a male driver from that second vehicle.
“The office of the Executive Mayor in Sekhukhune District Municipality is saddened by the death of a member of the public. The Executive Mayor, Councillor Stan Ramaila sends his heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family, relatives and friends. A senior political delegation has been sent to the family to offer condolences, spiritual and other support during these trying times. The Executive Mayor and his driver, Lucky Mathibela are recuperating well at home,” explained Mosoma.
Lt Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe, Limpopo Provincial Police Spokesperson, said police in Lebowakgomo were investigating a case of culpable homicide which occurred along the R579 road-Lebowakgomo and Jane Furse road at the Tooseng and Marulaneng cross on Sunday, 13 May 2018 at about 11:30.
Ngoepe said it was alleged that a black BMW X5 was travelling from the North to South, which is Lebowakgomo to Jane Furse direction.
He said when reaching the cross road, another vehicle from east to west direction, a black Citroen entered the road without stopping and subsequently knocked the BMW which shifted to the oncoming lane and collided head-on with a Toyota Tazz which was from Jane Furse to Lebowakgomo direction killing a 70 year-old driver instantly and leaving six occupants which were three children and three adults, seriously injured. The injured were taken to Lebowakgomo hospital for medical treatment.
“In the BMW was only a 48 year-old driver who did not sustain injuries. In the Citroen was two occupants including the driver who sustained minor injuries,” concluded Ngoepe.
Police investigations are still continuing.