ANC bus crash drivers were swapping seats - police

2016-04-18 19:58
The site of a bus crash where 10 ANC supporters were killed. (Photos supplied by the Free State Health Dept)

The site of a bus crash where 10 ANC supporters were killed. (Photos supplied by the Free State Health Dept)

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Johannesburg - Free State police confirmed on Monday that two drivers swapped seats when a bus carrying 65 ANC members overturned on the N1, near Windburg on Sunday.

Lieutenant Malebo Khosana said a 31-year-old driver was briefly detained for his role in the accident.

"The other driver was still at a hospital in Welkom where he is stable, but could not talk to the investigating official," Khosana said.

The ANC addressed families of the Free State bus crash victims in Katlehong on Monday afternoon.

The bus was carrying ANC members to Ekurhuleni, in Gauteng, after they had attended the launch of the ANC's local government elections manifesto in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.

Ten ANC members died in the crash.

Provincial chairperson of the ANC Paul Mashatile said many people wanted to see the ANC fail.

"We must make sure that we pick up the spear and make a better life in this country," Mashatile said.

He said the ANC must make sure they win the local election in honour of the 10 members who died.

The regional chairperson of the ANC in Ekurhuleni, Mzwandile Masina, said they were waiting for the official report of the accident and that the bus was in a good condition.

"[We were] made to believe that the bus lost control, but the authorities are still investigating. We will not entertain the rumours that are going around," Masina said.

Masina said they had established a funeral committee and all traditions would be respected.
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