Durban – The Inkatha Freedom Party on Sunday expressed shock and sadness following the death of several young women who died in a fiery minibus taxi crash near Pomeroy after they attended a preparatory event in the lead-up to the annual reed dance scheduled for Nongoma in KwaZulu-Natal next month.
“We are saddened by the incident which claimed the lives of six young women, who still had a bright future ahead of them. Our thoughts and prayers are with their families during this difficult time. May they find solace in God,” IFP national spokesperson Mkhuleko Hlengwa said.
He called on the department of transport to increase road safety checks to ensure that all vehicles travelling on KwaZulu-Natal’s roads, and nationally, were roadworthy and that their drivers were competent, so as to avoid incidents "like these happening time and time again”.
Earlier on Sunday, KwaZulu-Natal agriculture and rural development MEC Bongiwe Sithole-Moloi offered condolences to the families of the five maidens and a man who died in the crash near Pomeroy on Saturday night.
"The five maidens including the driver who passed on were returning from Siyaya eMhlangeni in Dundee when they met their untimely death. Nine maidens who were injured were taken to a nearby hospital," Sithole-Moloi said.