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President Jacob Zuma wants stricter penalties for those breaking road rules.
“All of us should participate actively to promote road safety, as we are all affected,” he said at Khayelitsha Stadium, where thousands gathered for a memorial service for 24 people who died in a bus crash on the Hex River Pass last Friday.
The double-decker bus was carrying members of the Twelve Apostles Church in Christ in Khayelitsha when it crashed near De Doorns on its way to Cape Town. Among the dead were a child and the driver, and 45 others were injured.
The group, most of them women, were returning from a national prayer gathering in Secunda.
“The government remains concerned over the high number of people who die tragically on our roads,” Zuma said.
Authorities were investigating the cause of the crash.
Zuma said the Department of Transport was working on tighter sanctions for those who broke the rules of the road. -Cape Argus