By Mbulelo Sisulu
Ten people have lost their lives while three sustained injuries after a single vehicle lost control and overturned.
The incident took place on this morning 18 August on the gravel road in Elliotdale at Mntwana location.
The vehicle Isuzu LDV was travelling from Mpahle location heading towards Thafalehashe Administrative Area with 13 occupants including the driver.
It is alleged that while approaching an uphill the driver lost control and the vehicle reversed to the nearby forest.
Ten females occupants were declared dead on scene three people (two females and one male) sustained injuries including the driver. The occupants are alleged to be the members of the Cape Buyani African Church and were on the way to visit a bereaved church member. The injured have been taken to Zithulele Hospital for further medical assistance.
Accident investigators are still combing the scene for the cause of the crash.
Transport, Safety and Liaison MEC, Weziwe Tikana-Gxothiwe has sent her condolences to the families of the bereaved and wished those in hospital a speedy recovery.
A case of culpable homicide will be investigated by local authorities.