The R49 road linking Mahikeng and Zeerust in the North West, has been opened for traffic. This is after it was closed for almost three hours, following a fatal accident that claimed 11 people at the scene and one later died in hospital. Spokesperson for the department of community safety and transport management, Thabo Sematle said accident is the first major incident during the festive season.

“The province just recorded its First major crash this morning with 12 fatalities 11 on the scene & one at the hospital. This fatal road accident took place early in the morning on the R49 road near Ottoshoop, between Mahikeng and Zeerust. SAPS, Zeerust EMR, Traffic officials, RAF and NW MEC for community safety and transport management Dr Motlhabane were at the scene,” said Sematle.