Unroadworthy minibus with 26 kids taken off road

Unroadworthy minibus with 26 kids taken off road
PACKED TO THE RAFTERS: eMalahleni Traffic Law Enforcement pulled over a minibus taxi that was unroadworthy and carrying 26 school children. PICTURE BY Kingdom Mabuza

This happens in light of the recent minibus crash in Verena, that collided head-on with a truck, catching fire and killing 18 kids and 2 adults.


Emalahleni local municipality mayor Lindiwe Ntshalintshali commended traffic officers who stopped and removed off the road minibus which was overloaded with 26 school children who were being transported to various schools in Emalahleni.

Ntshalintshali expressed her fury at greedy drivers who pack school children and disregard basic rules of the road, especially in light of 20 school pupils who were killed in a minibus accident just outside Bronkhorstspruit on 21 April 2017.

The horrific accident occurred after the overloaded minibus taxi collided with a truck on the Groblersdal.

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To prevent a similar occurrence and unnecessary road carnage the alert eMalahleni Traffic officers who were on duty along the Verena Road, on Friday morning (5 May), flagged down an overloaded minibus.

Traffic chief officer Colly Mnisi said when officers on duty conducted an inspection of the minibus they discovered that it was unroadworthy, had no valid license disc, and the driver had no public driver permit.

“We issued the driver with a fine, pulled off the minibus from the road and arranged an alternative transport for children,” said Mnisi.

The executive mayor cautioned parents to make sure that they examine minibuses which transport their children to school.

“It is every parent’s responsibility to make sure that children arrive at school safe and they should not allow drivers to pack their children in a vehicle which is unroadworthy, driven by a driver who is not properly licensed,” said Ntshalintshali.

She urged motorists and pedestrians who spot overloaded minibuses to take down registration and report to the nearest traffic officers or department.

*Mabuza is spokesman in Ntshalintshali’s office.

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