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R45 in F’hoek claims six lives

It was a terrible scene on the R45 road just outside Franschhoek when three vehicles were involved in a fatal accident.

Five people lost their lives, including a two-year-old boy. The accident happened at around 19:15 near the Leopard’s Leap wine farm on Sunday 7 April.

Sergeant Marize Mentoor, Franschhoek police spokesperson, explained a women driving a green Chevrolet Aveo in front of a maroon Toyota Corolla with five passagers in it were both travelling in the direction of Paarl and a silver Toyota, also with five passagers, were travelling in the direction of Franschhoek.

Mentoor said the silver Corolla was in the oncoming lane as it was trying to overtake, causing the Aveo to swerve into a ditch on the side the road. Subsequently, the silver Corolla collided with the maroon Corolla. Three family members Edward Duncan (57), Melanie Duncan (49) and Juandré Duncan (27) died in the maroon Corolla. In the silver Corolla the driver, 30-year-old Bonginkosi Magele, and two-year old Luyalo Mtaba died in the crash. The woman driving the Aveo was unharmed.

Only a few days earlier one man died after he crashed a Hyundai Getz in the La Motte area on the R45 on Thursday 4 April. Mentoor said the 35-year-old Assaduma Maledi presumably lost control of his vehicle while leaving Franschhoek for Paarl at around 02:00 in the morning. A passenger survived the crash.

Mentoor said Franschhoek has had at least three accidents per month since January. Six people had died and 12 people were seriously injured this year.

Garth van Zyl, owner of MediCare EMR said the high number of accidents on the road is due to various factors. “It is seasonal, so during the festive seasons you have tourists not knowing where they are going, and alcohol consumption also plays a part,” he said. Van Zyl suggests ripples in the road to keep drivers alert. He said it is needed at the R301 Wemmershoek Road intersection, the Maasdorp intersection and in front of La Motte.

V In an unrelated accident on Friday afternoon one person was killed and 11 people, of whom three were injured seriously, was involved in a collision between two vehicles on the R44 /Knorhoek crossing.

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