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Between Wednesday 15 December 2021 and Thursday 6 January 2022, five people died as a result of accidents on the roads in the Mkhondo area. 40 others were also injured during this time.

On Wednesday 15 December at approximately 06:40, the driver of a silver Chevrolet lost control on the Wakkerstroom road, after swerving to avoid colliding with an animal. Two people sustained minor injuries.

Four people sustained minor injuries when the driver of a white Kia lost control due to unknown reasons on the Ermelo road on Sunday 19 December at about 15:30.

Also on Sunday at approximately 17:25, the driver of a silver-colored Volkswagen who was travelling from Piet Retief to Ermelo, collided into the right side of a white Volvo that was travelling in the opposite direction. The collision caused the Volkswagen to spin around in the road and this caused the driver of a white Toyota to crash into the Volkswagen. Two people died, 10 individuals were treated for minor injuries, two sustained serious injuries and one person was critically injured.

On Monday 20 December at about 13:50, the driver of a white Toyota who was travelling from Wakkerstroom towards Piet Retief, had to swerve to try and avoid an accident when the person who was driving in front of him suddenly slowed down. Unfortunately, he then collided head-on with a white truck. Two people lost their lives during the accident.

One person was critically injured during an accident on the Pongola road on Wednesday 22 December at approximately 05:45. It is unclear what caused the accident but, it is thought that the driver of a white Mercedes, who was spotted speeding at a roadblock by members of the SAPS earlier that day, collided with an unknown vehicle when he was attempting to overtake a vehicle. This is all speculation and has not yet been confirmed.

On Thursday evening 23 December at about 19:15, the driver of a white Chevrolet was travelling towards Driefontein when he supposedly had to change direction to avoid a collision with a vehicle that was approaching from the opposite side. One person was treated for minor injuries.

Six people sustained minor injuries during an accident on the Wakker-stroom road on Friday 24 December at approximately 15:50. The driver of a white Toyota attempted to overtake a white Isuzu when the driver of the Isuzu swerved to avoid a pothole, which caused the driver of the Toyota to collide with the Isuzu.

On Sunday 26 December at about 18:30 on the Driefontein road, the driver of a red Toyota lost control of the vehicle due to unknown reasons and crashed into a tree. Three people were treated for minor injuries.

On Friday 31 December at approximately 11:30, the driver of a white Toyota collided into the rear of a maroon coloured Kia which was driving in front of him towards Ermelo. Apparently he/she wanted to turn off the road. The Toyota then also crashed into a navy-coloured Nissan that was approaching from the opposite direction. One person died, one person was seriously injured and five people were treated for minor injuries.

On Sunday 2 January at approximately 11:30, the driver of a light blue Opel lost control due to unknown reasons whilst travelling from Pongola to Piet Retief. One person sustained serious injuries.

One person was critically injured and three people were treated for minor injuries when the driver of a white Nissan drove into a tree that had fallen on the road and he apparently could not see it due to thick fog on Thursday 6 January at about 05:00.

Again on 6 January at approximately 20:00, the driver of a blue Toyota collided into the rear of a truck on the Ermelo road. Apparently, a taxi attempted to overtake the truck but, a vehicle approached from the front and the driver of the truck was forced to suddenly brake to let the taxi in. The driver of the Toyota collided with the truck. Four people were injured.

One person was injured when the driver of a white Toyota lost control on the Wakker-stroom road due to unknown reasons at about 04:15 and drove off the road.

The abovementioned information was supplied by Mr Anton Nortje of the Mkhondo Fire and Rescue Unit (079 872 8989).