It has emerged that 17 out of the 19 people who died in a collision between two vehicles on the R34 road between Bloemhof and Schweizer Reneke in the North West, on Saturday night, are from the same family.
The deceased were travelling in a minibus taxi, from Bloemhof, where they were attending a wedding anniversary party. The other two deceased were the driver and his friend.
The deceased were among 22 passengers in the minibus taxi, the three people who survived sustained serious injuries.
A member of the Ntlatseng family, Modisaotsile Molaetsi, who was hosting the wedding anniversary says they did not expect what happened.
“They honoured our invitation, and they attended our anniversary in Bloemhof. I received a call this morning when I was at work. It was from my niece who sounded very down. Sometimes we celebrate, only for things to end badly,” says Molaetsi.
17 members of same family perish in Saturday’s North West collision
#19 people who are family members have died in a head on crash btwn a Quantum travelling from Bloemhof to Schweizer-Reneke and the truck. The accident will be investigated by RTMCs crash and reconstruction unit. pic.twitter.com/BfIFky5bIS
— Road Traffic Management Corporation (@TrafficRTMC) February 27, 2022