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Westdene Dam tragedy comments spark outrage

Paramedics who attended to the scene of the Westdene Dam tragedy are outraged by comments mocking it.

File: Paramedics and the families of victims of the Westdene Dam tragedy are outraged, following Facebook posts by Zama Khumalo mocking the 1985 accident. Picture: SAPA

JOHANNESBURG - Paramedics and the families of victims of the Westdene Dam tragedy are outraged, following Facebook posts by former journalist Zama Khumalo mocking the 1985 accident.

More than 40 high school pupils were killed when a double-decker bus carrying dozens of children plunged into a Western Johannesburg dam.

On Wednesday, it was reported Khumalo announced to his almost 500 Facebook friends that he was holding a celebration over the tragedy.

Malcolm Midgley, who was one of the paramedics who attended the scene 28 years ago, said he was "disgusted" by the comments.

"It's terrible. It doesn't matter who it would have been, they were children at the time."

He said even at the time of the incident, people did not realise how serious the accident was.

Meanwhile, the South African Human Rights Commission has opened an investigation into Khumalo's comments, which it says was a propagation of hatred.