7-year-old dies in taxi accident, state says parents must take responsibility
A 7-year-old boy died yesterday when a minibus taxi which was transporting children to school collided with road barriers on the N2 near Borcherds Quarry, on Monday morning.
The taxi was carrying 29 children. One child died while others sustained minor injuries.
Chief Director For Community Safety at Western Cape Province, Kenny Africa says the driver of a taxi was arrested on Monday, charged with culpable homicide, driving an overloaded vehicle and driving without a Public Transport Permit.
The vehicle was unroadworthy and it was on suspension. Our officers stopped the taxi previously and took it off the road yet he took a chance to put it back on the road again taking these children to different schools.Kenny Africa, Chief Director For Community Safety at Western Cape Province
According to Africa, the vehicle was supposed to have been impounded. He says they are in the process of finding out who suspended it without impounding the vehicle and bring the officer responsible to book.
Spokesperson for MEC Donald Grant, Siphesihle Dube says parents need to take responsibility when privately contracting these scholar transport that are in unsatisfactory conditions.
We are appealing to the parents to be very careful as to who they contract privately to transport their kids to various areas. We understand that there is that element of desperation to get their children to school but there is that element of responsibility they need to uphold to make sure kids are transported safely.Siphesihle Dube, Spokesperson for Mec Donald Grant
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