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Zuma ‘shocked’ after KZN bus crash

10 people were killed and 60 others injured in a bus crash in KwaZulu-Natal.

FILE: President Jacob Zuma. Picture: GCIS

JOHANNESBURG - The Presidency on Monday sent its condolences to the families of 10 people killed in a bus crash in KwaZulu-Natal.

The bus was returning from the annual reed dance ceremony on Sunday night at King Goodwill Zwelithini's eNyokeni palace in Nongoma.

Nine young girls were among the victims, while 60 others were injured in the crash.

The Presidency said President Jacob Zuma was "shocked and saddened" by the accident.

"Our hearts go out to His Majesty King Zwelithini, the families, relatives and the community as a whole."

The Presidency described the reed dance event as one that "promotes self-confidence among young women."

Netcare 911's Chris Botha says the cause of the accident is unknown, but paramedics understand the bus overturned before crashing into barriers which "pierced right through the front of the bus."

He said there were 70 people on board.

The United Democratic Movement (UDM)'s Bongani Msomi says the deaths are a tragic loss.

"We were shocked as the UDM to hear about this tragic accident. The UDM would like to extend its condolences to his majesty and the families of the 10 individuals."

Investigations are now underway into the cause of the crash.