#ANCCrash: Zuma sends condolences to families of victims

Political parties and members of the ANC have sent messages of well wishes to those involved in the crash.

ANC supporters in Katlehong to comfort the families of those who’ve lost their loved ones in a bus crash on N1 on Sunday. Picture: Dineo Bendile/EWN."

JOHANNESBURG - President Jacob Zuma has sent his condolences to the families of the African National Congress (ANC) volunteers, from ward 60 in Ekurhuleni in Gauteng, who died in a bus accident over the weekend.

Ten people were killed in yesterday's accident on the N1, which happened while the bus was returning to Gauteng from the ANC's election manifesto in Port Elizabeth.

It's understood the driver lost control of the vehicle and it veered off the road.

Fifty other passengers who were injured are being treated in hospital.

The Presidency's Bongani Majola said, "This is a loss not only for the ANC but for the country as a whole. We are with all the families that have lost their loved ones tragically and in this most painful manner; we urge the nation to keep the families in their thoughts and prayers."

Meanwhile, investigations are underway into the exact cause of the crash.

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.

The Free State Health Department said it suspected driver fatigue was involved.

#ANCCrash 32-year-old Gugulethu Sithole is one of those killed in the crash. DB pic.twitter.com/XJoi4WN1BQ

#ANCCrash ANC supporters in Katlehong are here to comfort the families of those who've lost their loved ones. DB pic.twitter.com/4yMgBiFDp0

#ANCCrash Religious leaders are are also here to comfort families. DB. pic.twitter.com/EAS1ktpsUu


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 those 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, said 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.

At the same time, transport officials say the ruling party's supporters injured in the crash are being transported to hospitals in Gauteng.

Transport Minister Dipuo Peters' spokesperson Ishmael Mnisi said, "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."

LISTEN: ANC Ekurhuleni volunteers involved in a bus crash.

Additional reporting by Dineo Bendile.