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'Nobody responsible for Rheenendal crash'

The NPA says there is no sufficient evidence to prosecute anyone for the Rheenendal bus crash.

At least 14 learners died in the Rheenendal school bus crash. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - There is no sufficient evidence to prosecute anyone in connection with the Rheenendal school bus crash, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) revealed on Thursday.

It found nobody could be held responsible for the 2011 crash which killed 15 people.

The matter has now been referred back to the Knysna Magistrate's Court for a formal inquest.

NPA spokesperson Eric Ntabazalila said, "After going through the evidence that is available, we are of the opinion there is not enough evidence to prosecute anyone presently.

"We need to remember the bus driver also died in the accident, so we have referred the matter for a formal inquest."

At least 14 learners died after the bus they were travelling in was swept into a river in August.

Some family members indicated their intention to sue the provincial transport and education departments, as well as the Eden District Municipality and the bus company.

That matter is still on hold.

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