By Kaya 959 Reporter
A second mayor has been killed in a fatal head-on collision in less than one month. Naledi Local Municipality Mayor Neo Shalk was killed in a car crash on Sunday morning.
North West MEC for Community Safety and Transport Management Sello Lehari said Shalk’s vehicle was involved in a head-on collision.
“According to the police, the Mayor’s vehicle was involved in a head-on collision on the N14 road just outside Vryburg. Both the Mayor and the unidentified driver of another vehicle were certified dead at the scene,” he said.
Lehari said in the many joint law enforcement operations that were held in Vryburg, Mayor Schalk was always there.
“He would actively participate, imploring road users to obey the rules of the road. I am saddened by his untimely death especially at the time we are preparing for local government elections”, said MEC Lehari. Lehari will be visiting Schalk’s family this coming week.
A case of culpable homicide has been registered with the Vryburg police.
Joburg mayor dies in crash
Shalk’s tragic crash comes just weeks after Joburg Mayor Jolidee Matongo died in a car crash on the Golden Highway.
It is alleged that Matongo’s vehicle was travelling along the highway when a pedestrian ran into the road.
Authorities said Matongo’s driver swerved to avoid crashing into the pedestrian and collided with a bakkie. Matongo was on his way home after a full day of electioneering alongside President Cyril Ramaphosa in Soweto just hours before the fatal crash.
The pedestrian and the driver of the second vehicle died in hospital.
In August, Nelson Mandela Bay Mayor Nqaba Bhanga was involved in a crash that claimed the lives of two people. Bhanga underwent surgery to stop internal bleeding, suffered in the crash. He has since recovered and returned to politics. A case of culpable homicide in under investigation.