Three women who were part of a funeral procession were killed when a bakkie they were in overturned on the R40 road near Hazyview in Mpumalanga.
Fourteen others, who were also in the bakkie, were injured and rushed to hospital.
Mpumalanga MEC for community safety, security and liaison, Vusi Shongwe has since called on motorists to obey traffic laws and drive safely after the fatal accident.
According to department spokesman Mmusi Moeti, the accident occurred on the R40 between Hazyview and Marite around 8 a.m. on Friday.
According to some allegations, the accident could have happened when the driver of the bakkie lost control of his vehicle.
He deviated from the road, overturned and landed in a ditch.
“Two people were pronounced dead at the scene while the third person died in hospital.
“It is also believed that people were part of the funeral procession from one of the agricultural areas when the accident occurred.
The cause of the crash is still being investigated, but early indications show that the driver may have lost control before the vehicle rolled over, ”Moeti said.
He said the injured were rushed to hospitals in Matikeane and Tintswalo with serious injuries.
Shongwe said with increased caution that tragedies like the one that occurred were preventable.
He sent his condolences to the bereaved families and wished those who were injured a speedy recovery.