Victims of Moloto road remembered

REMEMBERING LIVES LOST: Members of the community, religious leaders and political leader walk to the scene of the 2013 accident to lay wreaths and light candles. PICTURE BY MfisoDIGITAL

All those who have lost their lives on the infamous Moloto road have been remembered, with officials pledging to do more in order to avoid further deaths on the road.

The Mpumalanga Transport Steering Committee commemorated the victims of the 2013 horrific bus crash that left 30 dead and scores injured when the bus collided with an oncoming truck on the road.

Bishop Isaac Malaza of the Jerusalem church prayed for the safety of all South Africans who use the road as we approach the end of the year when numbers of accidents often rise on the road.

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The flower laying and candle lighting ceremony at the scene of the horrific 2013 crash on Saturday afternoon was attended by the relatives of the victims, community members as well as church and political leaders who all agreed to work together for public awareness against bad driving.

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Transport campaign steering committee chairman Sam Masango said the ceremony was part of Transport Month in the province and added that they will now push government to make this “an annual thing forever”.

“We are not saying that all other accidents that ever took place on this road are not important to us but we’re saying that the 2013 one, because so many people lost their lives and made to us to be recognised that this road is actually a killer road.

“It is important for all of us that daily we pray for the people who are travelling on this road and ask that those who own animals look after them because an animal can cause a car accident, resulting to deaths and we don’t want that as you all know there are plenty accidents on this road,” he told those attendants who gathered in a tent erected where the crash took place in Mpumalanga’s Vlaaklagte No1 on 11 November 2013.

(edited by ZK)

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