Probe launched following deadly Free State bus crash

The crash claimed the lives of 10 ANC supporters from ward 60 in Ekurhuleni & 50 other people were injured.

The overturned bus from the accident that reportedly killed 10 people in the Free State. Picture: Twitter @Netcare911_sa.

JOHANNESBURG - Investigations are now underway into the exact cause of a crash in Free State that has killed at least 10 African National Congress (ANC) supporters from ward 60 in Ekurhuleni.

The deceased were returning from the ANC's election manifesto launch in Port Elizabeth when their bus overturned on the N1 near Wynburg.

Fifty others were injured.

Yesterday, the Road Traffic Management Corporation sent its accident reconstruction experts to the scene of the crash to determine how the bus veered off the road and overturned.

It's believed the driver lost control of the vehicle, with the Free State Health Department saying it suspects driver fatigue was involved.

Passengers being treated in Free State hospitals are expected to be transported back home.

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 has 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."

In a brief statement issued yesterday, the ANC said it's also saddened by the crash.

Meanwhile, transport officials say the 50 ANC supporters injured in yesterday's fatal bus crash are being transported to hospitals in Gauteng.

Transport Minister Dipuo Peters' spokesperson Ishmael Mnisi says, "There's an arrangement together with the municipality of Ekurhuleni and the Gauteng Department of Health to move all those who have minor injuries from Free State to Gauteng so that they can be observed in the area of their residence."