Zuma extends condolences to bus crash families

2013-03-16 09:16

President Jacob Zuma extended his condolences to the families of the 24 people who were killed in a bus accident in Western Cape.

“We are in absolute deep shock at this loss of human life on our roads. We also wish a speedy recovery to all those injured,” he said yesterday.

“Government agencies are already assisting the families in this dark hour. We express our heartfelt condolences on behalf of government and the entire nation. May their souls rest in peace,” Zuma said.

Various political parties and government also expressed their condolences to the friends and families of the victims.

The passenger bus from Gauteng lost control on the N1 in the Hexriver Pass, De Doorns, and overturned down an embankment, killing 24 passengers and leaving scores of other passengers sustaining serious injuries.

Last night, Transport Minister Ben Martins called for a speedy conclusion to the investigation into the accident.

In a statement, the minister said he was saddened by the accident and unnecessary loss of life.

“We repeat our call to motorists and all road users to be vigilant on the roads at all times. Our heartfelt and sincere condolences go to the families of the deceased and we wish all those who are injured a speedy recovery.”

The Democratic Alliance leader in the province, Ivan Meyer, expressed the party’s condolences and sympathy and wished those injured a speedy recovery.

“Our hearts and prayers are with them,” he said in a statement.

“If it is determined, however, that the accident could have been avoided in any way, I will endeavour to ensure that the proper action gets taken.”

Meanwhile, a major investigation had been launched into the cause of the accident, transport MEC Robin Carlise said.

“Early reports from the surviving passengers indicated brake failure as the main reason for the crash,” he said.

“The provincial regulatory entity will investigate the legal status of the bus including the validity of the operating licence, and whether the certificate of fitness is still valid.”

He said the bus was registered in the Western Cape and was owned by Atlantic City Liners.

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