UPDATE: #ANCCrash caused by ‘drivers swapping seats’
Kabati Transport has sent its condolences to the relatives of the 11 ANC volunteers who died yesterday.
JOHANNESBURG - Free State police have confirmed the bus crash that killed at least 10 African National Congress (ANC) volunteers near Winburg in the Free State was caused by the two drivers swapping seats while the vehicle was in motion.
Yesterday, the bus transporting volunteers from Katlehong in Ekurhuleni veered off the road after the driver lost control of the vehicle leaving more than 50 people injured.
While it was initially believed driver fatigue was involved, it appears negligence may have played a role.
Free State police say a 31-year-old bus driver has been taken in for questioning regarding his apparent role.
A second driver is still in a being treated for injuries.
The police's Malebo Khosana says both drivers will be charged with culpable homicide.
STRONG ACTION PROMISED IN THE WAKE OF THE FATAL CRASH
Meanwhile, Kabati Transport has assured the families of the victims that a full investigation will be carried out and there'll be no leniency for anyone found guilty of negligence.
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It has sent its condolences to the relatives of the volunteers and pledged assistance and support to their families.
Joyce Sithole says her sister, Gugulethu, often comforted bereaved community members in Katlehong.
She says it's hard to believe her family is now the one being comforted.
"Being updated by others on what's happening was really a shock and hurting."
Sithole says she was expecting to hear her sister's loud voice on Sunday morning.
"She would knock [while screaming]: I'm back, I'm back, make sure that I'm here - everybody I'm back. That's the one thing I'll miss about her."
Sithole says she didn't think the conversation she had with 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'."
Today local ANC leaders have visited the families of the victims who have been identified.
LISTEN: ANC Ekurhuleni volunteers involved in a bus crash.
WELL WISHES, CONDOLENCES
Political parties and members of the ANC have sent messages of well wishes to those involved in the crash.
The Economic Freedom Fighters' Mbuyiseni Ndlozi wished a speedy recovery to more than 50 people who sustained injuries.
"A speedy recovery and that they'll be able to get out of hospital soon," he said.
Democratic Alliance spokesperson Refiloe Ntsekhe, who is a resident in the City of Ekurhuleni, says she is saddened by the accident.
"[My] condolences to the friends and families of those who've lost their loved ones. I'm actually sad because I'm an Ekurhuleni resident myself."
President Jacob Zuma has also sent his condolences to the families of the victims and has wished the injured a speedy recovery.
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