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Johannesburg – The Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) is investigating a major crash in the North West in which 13 people died on Saturday night. The crash occurred between 10pm and 11pm on the R505 between Wolmaransstad and Ottosdal, RTMC spokesman Simon Zwane said on Sunday.

"A minibus taxi and an SUV-type vehicle crashed head-on and the drivers of both vehicles died on the scene," he said.

"The exact cause of the crash is unknown at this stage. The RTMC would like to urge motorists to exercise extra caution when driving at night.

"It is unfortunate that this crash occurred a few days after the North West provincial government launched its Easter road safety plan. All road users are reminded to play their role in making the coming Easter period a safe one."

The RTMC, all provincial and municipal traffic law enforcement authorities, and the South African Police Service would be out in full force this week in a national drive to reduce road carnage, Zwane said.