Two killed, nine injured in Mthatha head-on collision

DECEMBER 10, 2015

Two people were killed and nine injured in a head-on collision between a police van and a bakkie on Wednesday, the Eastern Cape government said.

The bakkie was operating as a taxi on the R61 near Mthatha Airport, said spokesperson Sizwe Kupelo.

Kupelo said the two deceased had been travelling in the bakkie. The jaws-of-life had to be used to free people who were trapped in the wreckage. Of the nine injured, two were in a critical condition.

Eastern Cape Premier Phumulo Masualle sent his condolences to the families of those who had died.

Kupelo said the accident happened a few hours after Masualle, Transport MEC Weziwe Tikana, Rural Development MEC Mlibo Qoboshiyane and Hawks boss Major General Mthandazo Ntlemeza had participated in a roadblock on the N6 outside Queenstown.

This was part of a road safety awareness and anti-corruption campaign.