Cape Town – Five South African National Defence Force (SANDF) members were killed when a car they were travelling in crashed into a tree after a tyre burst in Mpumalanga on Sunday.
In a statement SANDF spokesperson, Brigadier General Mokoena Mahapa, said the members were part of the 9 South African Infantry Battalion deployed under operation CORONA to safeguard the country’s borders.
“… The members were travelling from Zonstral to the Macademia Operational Base along Coopersdal Road when thgeir vehicle lost control after the front tyre burst and collided with a tree.
The SA National Defence Force Media Statement || Sunday, 18 September 2022 || The SA National Defence Force announce the death of five members in a car accident in Mpumalanga Province.#SANDF#DCCMediaLiaison#RIPSASoldiers pic.twitter.com/4cTCa6FC87
— SA National Defence Force (@SANDF_ZA) September 18, 2022
All five occupants of the vehicle were declared dead on the scene,” said Mahapa.
He said investigations into the accident were under way.
Meanwhile, the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans Thandi Modise along with Deputy Minister of Defence and Military Veterans Thabang Makwetla, Secretary for Defence Sonto Kudjoe and Chief of the South African National Defence Force General Rudzani Maphwanya and members of the Military Command Council and the SANDF have conveyed their condolences to the families of the deceased.
Compiled by Betha Madhomu