Limpopo police investigate fatal crash

The Limpopo Provincial Commissioner Lieutenant General, Thembi Hadebe, has ordered an immediate probe into the circumstances surrounding the fatal crash that claimed seven lives on the R101 between Mookgophong and Mokopane in the Waterberg District in the early hours of Sunday. The accident involves members of the South African Police Service (SAPS) and a sedan motor vehicle. According to reports, a Renault sedan collided head-on with a Toyota light delivery van, which was traveling from Mookgophong towards Mokopane. All five people in the Renault sedan and two passengers from the SAPS Toyota light delivery van (a police officer and an inmate) died on the scene. The driver of the SAPS vehicle, a sergeant, was rushed to the hospital and is currently receiving medical attention. The cause of the horific accident is still unknown and is currently being investigated. Hadebe has sent messages of condolences to the bereaved families and wished the driver a speedy recovery. The passenger in the SAPS vehicle, who died on the scene, was identified as Constable M.M. Makwela, who was attached to SAPS Naboomspruit. The identity of the inmate, who also died at the scene, as well as the five deceased from the other vehicle, will be released as soon as the next of kin are notified. Source: South African Government News Agency