TWO people were burnt beyond recognition when the bakkie they were travelling in caught fire on the R34 outside Newcastle yesterday.
The horrific incident occurred during the early hours of the morning at about 12.30am.
ER24 spokesman Russel Meiring told Daily Sun it was unclear what caused the accident.
“ER24 paramedics along with provincial Fire Services found the bakkie lying on its roof on the side of the road. It was still burning” he said.
Meiring said the firefighters battled the blaze and after a short while paramedics were able to approach the vehicle for further inspection.
“Two lifeless bodies were found lying trapped inside the vehicle. Unfortunately, due to the extensive burn wounds, neither occupant could not be identified and they were declared dead on the scene.
“It is understood that the vehicle had been travelling from Memel towards Newcastle when the incident occurred,” he said.
KZN cops spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Thulani Zwane said a case of culpable homicide was opened by Newcastle SAPS for investigation after the death of two people in the accident.
“It is suspected that the driver lost control of the vehicle and it overturned. Circumstances surrounding the incident are being investigated.”
Meanwhile, on the same road, on the R34 between Melmoth and Vryheid, a group of protesters blocked the road on the turn-off to Ulundi near Melmoth as early as 1am.
Two people were allegedly shot and injured during the protest. It is not clear what the protest was about.
Zwane told the People’s Paper: “Police were called. They dispersed the crowd using rubber bullets.
“About 20 suspects were arrested and will be charged with public violence at Babanango Police Station.
“The road has been cleared and police are monitoring the area.
“Two protesters were wounded during the protest. It is not yet clear how they were wounded.