Free State premier vows to ensure road safety

2016-04-17 21:02
Ace Magashule (File, Volksblad)

Ace Magashule (File, Volksblad)

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Cape Town – Free State Premier Ace Magashule has pledged to do everything in his power to ensure road safety following an accident in which 11 ANC supporters were killed.

The accident took place between Winburg and Ventersburg as the bus carrying ANC supporters returned home to Ekurhuleni in Gauteng from the party's launch of its election manifesto in Port Elizabeth.

In a statement posted on social media on Sunday, Magashule said his thoughts and prayers were with the families.

"We commend the speedy and meticulous response by our emergency services, traffic management services, the police and all who were involved in the saving of lives and restoring safety on our roads. We shall do everything in our power to ensure that our roads are safe and that lives are continually saved," Magashule said.

Devastating accident

Transport Minister Dipuo Peters sent her condolences to the family and to the ANC. She said attempts were being made to inform family members of the deceased.

Ekurhuleni mayor, Mondli Gungubele, said the accident was devastating.

"There is no way to describe how I feel right now. These comrades were with us yesterday [Saturday] as we launched our manifesto and today they are no more. May their souls rest in peace,” he said.

The South African National Civic Organisation (Sanco) echoed the condolence messages.

“We share their grief as well as the loss of the ANC in Ekurhuleni. We need to draw deep to deal with the tragic deaths of the volunteers who were critical foot soldiers and campaigners for the local government election campaign," said Sanco national spokesperson Jabu Mahlangu.

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