A collision between a taxi and a bakkie has claimed six lives on the R503 road between Lichtenburg and Mafikeng in the North West Province. The collision happened at 17:15 on Sunday afternoon leading to road closure for about five hours.

It is alleged the taxi that was from Mahikeng driving eastwards collided with a bakkie that was overtaking another vehicle coming from the Lichtenburg direction. The deceased are four men including the driver and two women and are all from the taxi. Several other seriously injured passengers were taken to General Delarey Hospital in Lichtenburg and Mahikeng Provincial Hospital.

The road was cleared and opened for traffic at 21:30 in the evening. The MEC for the Department of Community Safety and Transport Management, Sello Lehari sent condolences to the bereaved families and wished speedy recovery to the hospitalised injured.