-BUS ACCIDENT: ANC RELEASES NAMES OF DECEASED MEMBERS
-Families of the deceased to claim their corpses on Tuesday
-The Free state police has announced the cause of the accident to be drivers swapping seats while bus was on motion
BUS ACCIDENT: ANC RELEASES NAMES OF DECEASED MEMBERS. The names of the 10 ANC members who died when the bus taking them back home from the party’s manifesto launch in Port Elizabeth overturned have been released. The ANC held a media briefing in Katlehong, Johannesburg on Monday to make the announcement.
According to NETCAFE, Five women and five men lost their lives respectively.
They are: Sphamandla Gedle, Simphiwe Nhlapho, Tiisetso Ntsilo, Sesi Mtshali, Sana Sibeko, Mphikeleli Malindi, Gugulethu Sithole, Vusi Nkabinde, Daphney Linda and Sicelo Kheswa.
Family members of the deceased are expected to gather at the Germiston mortuary, South Africa on Tuesday, to receive the bodies.
A funeral committee has been established consisting of ANC members from Gauteng and the region to assist the families with the arrangements
“We must make sure that we pick up the spear and make a better life in this country,” provincial ANC chairperson Paul Mashatile reportedly said. He added that the ANC must win the local election in honor of the 10 members who died.
In a recent development, Free State police department of South Africa on Monday confirmed the cause of the news to be the swapping of seats by the drivers while the bus on motion that two drivers swapped seats when a bus carrying 65 ANC members overturned on the N1, near Windburg on Sunday.
According to Timeslive, a 31-year-old man, one of the drivers, was briefly detained for his role in the accident.
“The other driver was still at a hospital in Welkom where he is stable, but could not talk to the investigating official,” an official said.
It would be recalled that the bus, which was carrying ANC members to Ekurhuleni, in Gauteng, after they had attended the launch of the ANC’s local government elections manifesto in Port Elizabeth on Saturday. Ten ANC members reportedly died in the crash.
The regional chairperson of the ANC in Ekurhuleni, Mzwandile Masina, said they were waiting for the official report of the accident and that the bus was in a good condition.
“We were made to believe that the bus lost control, but the authorities are still investigating. We will not entertain the rumours that are going around,” Masina said. BUS ACCIDENT: ANC RELEASES NAMES OF DECEASED MEMBERS