A woman has died and several others injured when a truck transporting 37 farmworkers crashed near Worcester in the Western Cape on Monday.
TimesLIVE reports that a member of the Provincial Legislature Pat Marran says that the farmworkers, all women, were being transported on the back of a 40-ton truck from the Meerlust farm in De Doorns to Worcester via the N1.
Head of Communication at the provincial Department of Transport and Public Works, Jandré Bekker, says that the accident occurred at Kannetvlei at approximately 17:50. The cause of the crash is attributed to the driver losing control during the heavy rains.
News24 reports that the Agricultural, Food, Fishing and Retail Industry Workers’ Union (Afriwu) has requested a “thorough but swift” probe into the accident.
General-secretary Gafieldien Benjamin told the publication that Afriwu was disgusted that farmworkers were being transported in this unsafe way. The union has further called on the government to implement legislation to provide farmworkers with the same protection that ordinary passengers have.
The fatality of one woman was reported, while 14 others suffered various injuries and were taken to Worcester hospital for medical attention.