Simelane-Zulu also paid tribute to the department’s forensic pathology and emergency medical services staff for carrying out their duties following a spate of fatal road crashes over the weekend.
Between Friday and Sunday, there were 25 road accidents, which resulted in 25 fatalities. A further 24 people sustained critical injuries, while 32 were seriously injured and 86 suffered minor injuries.
Besides the Pomeroy accident, among the other serious road incidents that took place in the province was a crash in Folweni between a minibus taxi and a light motor vehicle on Sunday morning, which claimed five lives and left 17 people injured.
A bus overturned in the Lousberg area on Sunday night, claiming the lives of six people and leaving nine critically injured, 16 with serious injuries and 58 with minor scratches.
“While we send our deepest condolences to families who lost their loved ones and wish the injured a speedy and full recovery, we would be failing in our duty if we did not recognise the sterling efforts of our forensic pathology and emergency medical services staff,” said Simelane-Zulu.
“They have really had their hands full over the past few days, yet the manner in which they have responded has been superb.”