Mourners gather for mass funeral

2017-08-28 13:44
The mass funeral service for 19 KwaXimba road crash victims at Manzolwandle Sports Ground on Saturday.

The mass funeral service for 19 KwaXimba road crash victims at Manzolwandle Sports Ground on Saturday. (Mbuyiselo Ndlovu)

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Thousands gathered in KwaXimba on Saturday for the mass funeral service of 19 people who died in a gruesome accident in the area last Sunday.

Church leaders and congregants of the Zion Church, family members of the deceased, community members and government officials all converged at the Manzolwandle Sports Ground to pay their last respects to 19 Zion Church members who were killed when the taxi they were travelling in crashed and plunged down an embankment near a bridge over the Msunduzi River last week.

KwaZulu-Natal Premier Willies Mchunu had reassured the families of the deceased that the government would never desert them during this difficult period.

Mchunu said no words could express his deepest sympathies to the families for the pain and irreparable loss of their loved ones.

“The whole province has been in mourning following this horrific accident that claimed so many lives.

“Since the tragedy, the KZN government represented by the MEC for Transport and Community Safety Mxolisi Kaunda has been in constant contact with the families of the deceased,” said Mchunu.

The Road Accident Fund (RAF) regional general manager Ntsoaki Kunene expressed her condolences to the families and friends of the deceased.

“The RAF will do everything in its power to ease the emotional and financial burden of the survivors and victims’ families by providing the necessary support,” said Kunene.

Kunene said RAF staff met with families of the deceased last week at Kwa­Ximba Community Hall to facilitate funeral arrangements while providing advice about the RAF’s other services.

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