Mass funeral service underway

By Drum Digital
17 November 2013

The Mpumalanga Provincial Government will hold a mass funeral service for the 30 victims of a bus accident on Moloto road.

The service at the Mabusa Besale showgrounds at Matshiding in Mpumalanga will start at 7am.

Dikeledi Mahlangu, Mpumalanga MEC for Public Works, Roads and Transport, said the government would foot the bill for the funeral, including providing two buses for each family that had lost loved ones.

Moloto road bus crash survivor David Sindane told the Pretoria News that the impatient driver of the Putco bus involved in the horrific crash that killed 30 people was largely responsible for the accident.

The 57-year-old father said the driver appeared to lose composure as the engine of the bus threatened to cut out. He said this had happened throughout the trip and indicated there was something seriously wrong with the bus.

Sindane said he was an experienced driver himself and suspected the engine was overheating.

Sindane said if the driver had not accelerated abruptly and aggressively, he would have been able to react better and more quickly when a truck veered in front of them. It collided with the bus at about 8.30pm on Monday, at Vlaklaagte 2 on the notorious Moloto road.

The driver was also killed in the accident.

Putco has pledged aR17 000 compensation for each family. This will be paid after the burial has taken place.

DRUM Reporter

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