Bus tragedy: 'We're down but not out,' says ANC

2016-04-18 21:11
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 - The ANC in Ekurhuleni said on Monday that while the bus crash that left 10 of their members dead had hit the organisation hard, they were "down but not out".

"This tragedy will motivate us to work harder in honour of our fallen comrades," ANC ward 63 branch leader Reynolds Mneno told News24.

Mneno said although they were still reeling from the shock of the accident, the work must continue.

"The morale of the ANC is not down. We are grateful for the support of the leadership."

ANC regional chair in Ekurhuleni Mzwandile Masina said they would, along with government, bring the remains of the deceased to the Germiston mortuary on Tuesday morning.

‎He said the ANC had also organised for those who had been hospitalised to be taken to hospitals closer to home.

On Sunday a bus carrying ANC volunteers overturned in the Free State killing 10 people. Several others were injured and taken to nearby hospitals.

"There are only 10 people who have remained in the Free State. One of them is critical. We are working together with the ANC in the Free State to ensure that all those injured comrades are looked after. We will be giving reports to branches at each turn," he said.

Mneno said families of the deceased were still in shock. He said he spoke to several family members who wanted to know what had happened.

"It's sad to see the families.‎ They are asking us what happened. They expected to see their loved ones home safe. We are all still struggling," he said.

The bus was carrying people who were returning from the ANC manifesto launch in Port Elizabeth.

Masina said, "I must commend the community. They have shown the highest discipline and unity.

"When we visited the families, we saw communities waiting for the ANC to provide leadership. All of them have praised our work."

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