The African National Congress (ANC)in the Eastern Cape is gravely saddened by the tragic passing of 15 passengers who were killed in a heartbreaking accident on the N2 between Mount Frere and Mount Ayliff yesterday evening (Wednesday 15 April 2020).
The minibus taxi in which the passengers were being transported collided with a truck and the lockdown regulations were breached considering the number of passengers who perished. This accident happens at the time when the Province witnessed a decline in road fatalities due to closure of liquor outlets and lockdown.
We call on RTMC to immediately commence with the investigations into the cause of the carnage and for the Road Accident Fund to give the family of the deceased the necessary support and comfort. The police and traffic authorities must be tough on those who break lockdown regulations and roadblocks be effective.
The ANC calls on all South Africans to respect and abide by the letter and spirit of all lockdown regulations to effectively disrupt the chain of transmission occasioned by the Covid-19 pandemic.
The African National Congress extends its deepest condolences to the bereaved families at this difficult time.
Issued by :
Cde Lulama Ngcukayitobi
ANC Eastern Cape Provincial Secretary
Provincial Head of Communications