Church remembers Hex River crash victims

An investigation into the Hex Rive Pass bus crash, where 24 people died, could take some time.

Atlantic Coaches crashed in the Hex River Valley killing 22 people on 15 March 2012. Picture: Renee de Villiers/EWN

CAPE TOWN - It will take some time before the police's investigation into the Hex River Pass bus crash is completed, officials said on Tuesday.

Twenty-four people were killed when a bus left the road and overturned on the N1 highway outside De Doorns on Friday last week.

Twenty-three of the victims were members of a Khayelitsha church returning from a women's conference in Secunda.

Nearly 40 people were injured. Seven of them are still in hospital.

The police's Andre Traut said it was not clear when the probe will be finalised.

"A culpable homicide case has been registered and the circumstances surrounding the bus accident are being investigated. Due to the severity and nature of the accident this investigation will take a lengthy period of time to conclude."

Meanwhile, prayer meetings in memory of those who died are being held through the week.

The leader of the 12 Apostles Church in Christ Dumisani Ximbi said they were planning to hold a memorial service on Thursday at 11AM.

"On Friday, we're planning a women's prayer meeting and on Saturday there will be a funeral service for those who passed on."

It is widely believed the bus's brakes may have failed.