The driver of a minibus taxi has been seriously injured after crashing his vehicle into a house along the Bishopstowe road in Glenwood, Durban.
Paramedics said that two other men suffered minor injuries during the incident and the driver was taken to hospital for further treatment.
The minibus was discovered wedged between the house and a wall, both the residence and the vehicle sustained extensive damage.
“Paramedics assessed the patients and found that the male taxi driver had sustained serious injuries while two other men had sustained moderate injuries,” said ER24 spokesman Russel Meiring.
The details of the accident are unclear with no statement as yet issued by the SAPS while the home owners could not be reached for comment.
South Africa has one of the poorest record’s of road safety in the world with a staggering number of deaths occurring on our roads. It is estimated that over 1 million traffic collisions took place in the country in 2018.
Last Easter there were 118 road deaths in Kwazulu-Natal, 89 in Gauteng and 80 in the Limpopo province according to statistics released on arrivealive.co.za.
According to official statistics human error was at fault in close to 90 percent of traffic collisions in 2018 and government enforcement programmes have detected large numbers of drivers operating commercially without permits.
In his report on road safety last Easter Minister of transport Blade Nzimande said: “Due to the increase in taxi violence the Kwa-Zulu Natal, our operations focused on public transport in this province. This resulted in the traffic law enforcement agencies arresting more people for driving without permits.
“Ladies and gentlemen, during this Easter period, we have stopped 150103 vehicles and issued 109771 notices which is higher 60025 issued in 2017.
“It is very concerning that some unwarranted behaviours continued unabated and this has been ably demonstrated by the successful arrests 6435 drivers who were caught speeding, 3208 drivers driving unlicensed vehicles, 300 drivers without drivers licenses, 2344 drivers without fastening seat belts and 1698 drivers driving vehicles with worn tires.”