Opposition parties send condolences after ANC bus crash

2016-04-18 13:37

Johannesburg - Opposition parties continued sending condolences to the ANC and the families of 11 of its members who were killed in a bus crash on Sunday.

The Inkatha Freedom Party said those who died would not be forgotten.

"A person that departs from this earth never truly leaves, for they are still alive in our hearts and minds. Through us, they live on," IFP MP Khethamabala Sithole said in a statement on Monday.

The IFP called on authorities to act swiftly to determine the cause of the accident.

Eleven people were killed, and more than 50 injured, in the accident between Winburg and Ventersburg in the Free State on Sunday. The bus was taking ANC supporters home after they attended the party’s election manifesto launch in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.

The United Democratic Movement sent condolences to the ANC and wished the injured a speedy recovery.

"As UDM, we feel that the accident could have been avoided if the drivers were responsible enough, hence we are calling for proper investigation into the matter," secretary general Bongani Msomi said in a statement.

The Democratic Alliance and the Economic Freedom Fighters sent their condolences on Sunday.

Earlier on Monday, ANC Ekurhuleni chairperson Mzwandile Masina said the party in the region was visiting the families of those killed.

He said the injured were also being transferred to hospitals in Gauteng so they could be closer to their families.

The party undertook to help the victims' families.

ANC national spokesperson Zizi Kodwa said the party was saddened. The party's national leadership, led by ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe, would visit the families of those killed during the week.

Kodwa said two people, from the Chris Hani region in the Eastern Cape, were killed in a separate accident on the way to the manifesto launch.

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