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DPP to decide on Rheenendal bus crash

The Western Cape director of public prosecutions will decide whether to prosecute the three parties involved.

The Western Cape director of public prosecutions will decide whether to prosecute the three parties involved. Picture: Sapa.

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape director of public prosecutions will have to decide whether to prosecute the three parties found to be liable for the Rheenendal bus crash in the southern cape.

The Knysna Magistrates Court delivered judgment yesterday following an inquest into the accident, which claimed the lives of 14 pupils and their driver in 2011.

The Western Cape education department, the bus owner and a local vehicle testing centre were found to be responsible for the accident.

Norman Arendse who is the legal representative of the slain pupil's families says the parents are one step closer to finding closure.

"It's been a long wait for them and they were determined to find closure so they are relived and happy but also emnotional."

A total of 59 passengers were on the bus when it veered off the road and plunged into a river near Knysna.

The bus was certified to carry only 34 pupils and was found to be unroadworthy.

Meanwhile, the Western Cape Education Department says it will study the judgement before deciding on a way forward.