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ANC crash victim’s family struggle to accept their loss

Gugulethu Sithole is one of 11 ANC volunteers from Ekurhuleni who were killed in the bus crash.

32-year-old Gugulethu Sithole is one of those killed in the bus crash which claimed the lives of 11 ANC volunteers, travelling back from the ANC manifesto launch in Port Elizabeth. Picture: Dineo Bendile/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - An Ekurhuleni family affected by a fatal bus crash involving African National Congress (ANC) volunteers says it's struggling to come to terms with losing a loved one.

Gugulethu Sithole was one of 11 people killed when the bus transporting them home overturned on the N1 near Winburg in the Free State.

The group was making its way back from the ANC's manifesto launch in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.

Joyce Sithole says she didn't think the conversation she had with her sister, Gugulethu, on Saturday would be the last they would share.

"In the morning [I] checked on her to see why she had not called to say 'we are around'' then [to my surprise], something happened."

She says her family hasn't fully accepted that the 32-year-old is gone.

"It's like it's not happening. Probably when it's all said and done we will say, 'oh something happened'."

Residents in ward 60 in Ekurhuleni have come in their numbers to offer words of comfort and encouragement to the Sithole family.