A taxi driver is facing charges of culpable homicide after his vehicle collided with a road barrier on Monday morning. The accident occurred on the N2 near Borcherds Quarry in Cape Town, while the driver was transporting at least 29 primary school children.
Several children in the taxi sustained minor injuries, while one child was killed on impacted.
The crash’s sole victim was 7 years old.
Following the accident, police were forced to close the N2 while searching for the victim’s decapitated head. The search was lengthy, with the N2 being reopened around noon.
Western Cape Provincial Chief of Traffic, Kenny Africa, confirmed that the transport vehicle was not roadworthy.
“There was no license on the overloaded vehicle and the driver did not have the necessary permit to convey children,” Africa said to News24.
Road regulations stipulate that minibuses are allowed to transport 16 to 18 passengers at a maximum. The taxi, however, was grossly overloaded.
The driver has not yet been identified. He was, however, arrested and taken to Gugulethu Police Station to be charged.