Manhunt for driver after 12 killed in Boipatong crash
A truck accident claimed the lives of 12 people in Boipatong, outside Vereeniging on Thursday, police said.
A manhunt had been launched for the truck driver, who fled the accident scene, said Constable Thembeka Koago.
"The truck collided head-on with [a] taxi and all the deceased were passengers in the minibus," she said. Two people in the truck were injured.
Police planned to question the two soon to get details on the missing driver.
The two vehicles apparently collided when they crossed the intersection at the same time.
Several organisations and politicians extended their condolences to the families of the victims.
President Jacob Zuma said the country was saddened by the tragic loss of lives.
The importance of road safety could not be stressed enough, he said.
"I appeal to motorists, especially those transporting passengers, to be vigilant and ensure that their vehicles are roadworthy."
Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane was concerned that this was the second major accident in the Sedibeng district in the past few weeks.
In June, 20 people died after a bus plummeted off a bridge in Meyerton in the Vaal Triangle.
"This is another dark day for Gauteng as 12 more people perish on our roads," she said.
The Gauteng branch of the Inkatha Freedom Party said the number of fatal accidents in the area was a reminder that the country still had a long way to go to curb road carnage.
"More needs to be done to educate and cultivate a proper attitude among drivers and pedestrians about road safety," it said in a statement.