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Driver arrested after Polokwane City crash

Posted: 12 November 2012 Time: 12:17

The driver of the bakkie that collided with a minibus taxi carrying Polokwane City players yesterday has been arrested for drunken and reckless or negligent driving.

Four players lost their lives in the accident, while seven others were taken to hospital.

The crash occurred on the R71 near Polokwane, as City were returning from their match against FC AK.

"The 36-year old suspect was treated for minor injuries after his bakkie collided with a minibus taxi," Limpopo Provincial Police spokesman Brigadier Hangwane Mulaudzi confirms.

"It is alleged that the driver of the team bus lost control of the vehicle after it was struck on the side by a bakkie that failed to stop at an intersection. The bus overturned and was stopped by another bus transporting churchgoers from Zimbabwe," Malaudzi told Jacaranda FM.

The man is expected to appear in the Mankweng Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 12:28 pm
This is tragic and sad news indeed. I wish the injured players a speedy recovery and may the souls of the 4 players that lost their lives rest in peace!
posted: 12:38 pm
eish very sad indeed, ey n plz drivers stop drinking black label n chep whisky on our roads.
posted: 12:38 pm
posted: 12:46 pm
Thats much better reporting. I saw this accident from a distance and it was horrible.
Tico MP
posted: 01:24 pm
posted: 01:34 pm
Eish whats wrong with my province, is look like kzn now, May Condolences to the families and friends, Baroti pls pray for this province.
El Sol
posted: 02:19 pm
Iwasn't aware Bay Utd had changed to Polokwane City,this is sad news ,may God be with then. @man-Good how is Limpopo like KZN now?
posted: 02:46 pm
The driver must just bid all his family and relatives farewell. He is going to jail for life. These days there is no more escape route for reckless driving. The taxi driver who killed school children in Cape Town is gone and jailed forever. Jubjub and his friend are already in jail and are just awaiting to know the number of years and judging by the number of lives they took, 20 years is guaranteed. The driver in nobody is in serious trouble because he terminated bright futures and some were possibly breadwinners. If indeed he was drunk, he may get himself a life sentence. Good and careful driving is not foolishness as some seem to believe.
posted: 04:30 pm
There is lot madness in our roads, and hope the authorities can start putting more efforts into this. That's why i prefer to enjoy my beers at my home, when i am sure that i wont go out till the following day. This guy has committed murder, and is facing a good long time in prison ("hope his family has bought him a jar of vaseline to take with to Mankweng Hospital"). I would like to send my deepest condolences to the 4 families and wishing the injured a speed recovery, hoping to see them back into the playing fields soon.
posted: 05:02 pm
May justice be done . . . Ma heartflt condolences to the affctd families ,PCFC n speedy recovry to the injurd n more strngth to the teammates . . . . As for the fallen heroes, rest in peace guys, u wl b xurely n dearly missd *tear droping
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