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S. Africa president express shock after 24 die in youth day accident

South African president, Cyril Ramaphosa has expressed his devastation after 24 people died in a collision involving a minibus taxi and a bus on the north-western province of Limpopo on Sunday evening.  

“The deaths of these people is heart breaking. It is absolutely devastating to lose so many young lives in this manner. On behalf of the government and the people of South Africa, I send our deepest condolences to the bereaved families during this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are also with the injured, we wish them a speedy recovery.”

President Ramaphosa

Spokesperson for South Africa department of transport Ayanda-Allie Paine, said the minibus – which was reportedly returning from Youth Day celebrations in the province, when the accident occurred at approximately 20:30 on Sunday evening.

The minibus was said to be overloaded by an additional 10 people. 

It is believed that the occupants of the minibus were returning from Youth Day celebrations in the province when the accident occurred at approximately 20:30 on Sunday evening.

The victims of the fatal crash were all in the minibus. Three occupants of the bus were injured, News24 reports. 

“It is alleged that one driver lost control of the vehicle and collided head on with another one on a sharp curve, The Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) said.

“This was the bloodiest weekend we have experienced and it again points to recklessness and negligence by drivers,” the RTMC CEO Advocate Makhosini Msibi said in a statement on Monday.

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