Nine ANC volunteers killed in bus crash

By Celani Sikhakhane

Nine ANC supporters have died in a bus crash while travelling home from the party’s Mayihlome Rally in Durban.

National SAPS spokesperson Brigadier Athlenda Mathe said: “Police and various emergency services are at the scene of a bus accident on the R33 between Vryheid and Paulpietersburg in KZN.

“According to a preliminary report, the bus was coming from the Moses Mabhida Stadium when it overturned.”

Scores of people have been injured and rushed to nearby hospitals.

KwaZulu-Natal Transport spokesperson Kwanele Ncalana said authorities were liaising with the Mpumalanga provincial government to help trace relatives of the deceased.

He said efforts to recover the wreckage were underway adding that the cause of the accident is being investigated.

ANC Regional Chairperson of Albert Luthuli Region in Mpumalanga Walter Mngomezulu told Scrolla.Africa that the bus was still new and they were told that the driver failed to negotiate with the road when he lost control. 

“At the moment we are heading to Vryheid Hospital to visit those that were injured during the incident. 

We are also waiting for the full report from the police just to know how many people have been killed exactly,” said Mngomezulu.

Dumbe Local Municipality deputy mayor Majuba Mavuso said that the accident took place while the bus was heading to Dumbe in Paulpietersburg.

This accident happened while the ANC is still mourning the death of its members from Limpopo who were killed in the bus incident that took place while they were travelling to the party’s 112th birthday celebration on January 8th in Mpumalanga.


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