Bodies of ANC bus crash victims being taken home

2016-04-19 11:45
ANC members set up banners outside the Germiston Mortuary (Genevieve Quintal, News24)

ANC members set up banners outside the Germiston Mortuary (Genevieve Quintal, News24)

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Johannesburg - The bodies of the 10 ANC members, killed in a bus crash while returning from the party's manifesto launch in Port Elizabeth, were transported from the Free State on Tuesday morning.

The convoy, which was being accompanied by Free State Transport MEC Butana Komphela, was due to arrive at the Germiston mortuary, in Gauteng, around noon.

There was a sombre air outside the facility as health department officials and Umkhonto we Sizwe veterans waited for families to arrive. Nurses were on standby to help relatives.

ANC Ekurhuleni chairperson Mzwandile Masina said families had met on Tuesday morning. The ANC would address the media later on Tuesday.

Ten people were killed, and more than 50 injured, when the bus left the N1 and overturned between Winburg and Ventersburg in the Free State on Sunday. The 65 ANC supporters were returning home to Ekurhuleni, Gauteng, from Port Elizabeth.

Free State police on Monday confirmed that two drivers were swapping seats while the bus was moving.

Lieutenant Malebo Khosana said a 31-year-old driver was briefly detained. The second driver was in hospital in Welkom.

On Monday evening, the ANC released the names of the five men and five women killed.

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