An accident in Pinetown on Thursday claimed 22 lives, acting president Jeff Radebe said in Durban today.
Radebe was visiting the accident scene on the corner of Field’s Hill (M13) and Richmond roads, and would also visit various hospitals.
On Thursday, the presidency and police put the death toll at 27.
Police spokesman Vincent Mdunge said 24 people were declared dead at the scene, and another three died on arrival at hospital.
A truck crashed into four minibus taxis and a car on the M13. Traffic officials said it appeared the brakes on the truck had failed.
The truck driver was arrested on culpable homicide charges.
Two bouquets of flowers were placed at the intersection of the accident on Friday.