President Cyril Ramaphosa expressed deep sadness at the death of 19 students and two adults in a collision between a bakkie and a truck near Pongola in northern KwaZulu-Natal on Friday, September 16, 2022.
The students were reportedly transported in a bakkie when his vehicle collided with a truck.
The President offers his condolences to all the families who lost their loved ones in this incident and wishes the survivors a speedy and full recovery.
The President said: “This is another sad moment for our country, following the substantial loss of young lives in an Eastern Cape tavern recently.
“We cannot afford to lose such precious lives under any conditions.
I hope that the investigation of the Pongola incident sheds light on the cause of this tragedy and helps us take better care of our children in the future.”