THE KwaZulu Natal Provincial government has sent its condolences to the families of the 16 people who lost their lives in a tragic accident on Wednesday morning.

“This particular accident took place on the R66 between Ulundi and Melmoth, apparently between a minibus taxi and a truck,” said the provincial government in a tweet.

“May their souls rest in eternal peace. Road safety is our collective responsibility. We urge all motorists to obey the rules of the road,” the government said,” it added.

This is the second tragic accident in the province in October.

Two weeks ago, 13 people from the same family were killed in a minibus taxi crash between Underberg and Bulwer near the southern Drakensberg.

On Saturday, Kwazulu-Natal MEC for Transport, Community Safety and Liaison Bheki Ntuli, attended the funeral service for the 13 Mndali family members.

The transport department in KZN and police have launched an investigation into the tragic accident.

“At this stage, we are still investigating the cause of the accident, but the reports we have received which are unconfirmed at this stage, suggest that there are 13 (now 16) people who have lost their lives when a taxi collided with a truck and it caught fire,” said KZN Department of Transport spokesperson Kwanele Ncalane.

The cause of the accident is still unknown. 

(COMPILED BY INSIDE POLITICS STAFF)

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