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#ANCCrash: Bus service ‘deeply disappointed’ by drivers’ behaviour

10 people died when their overturned on the way back from the ANC’s election manifesto in PE.

At least 10 people were killed on 17 April 2016 when the bus was returning to Gauteng from the ANC’s election manifesto in Port Elizabeth. Picture: YouTube screengrab.

JOHANNESBURG - The company which owns the bus involved in the deadly Free State crash says it's deeply disappointed by how its drivers behaved.

On Sunday, 10 people who were traveling home from the African National Congress' (ANC) election manifesto launch in Port Elizabeth died after their bus veered off the road and overturned several times.

The bodies of those who perished in the crash are expected to return to Gauteng this morning.

The company says the driver could have dozed off.

Kabati Transport Services' Wesley Maringa says their buses have a good track record and a crash of this magnitude never happened before.

"When we take our long-distance trips we always deploy our most trusted and reliable drivers, so those two drivers who assisted each other from Gauteng to PE and back are among our most credible and trusted drivers who are well trained."

Maringa says the police have conducted interviews while they have been gathering their own information.

"The other driver confirms that he had seen the bus slowly moving off the road. He then jumped off from his far left seat to try and get closer to the steering wheel to wake up the other driver. By that time, it was too late to bring the bus back on line, it's not like the drivers were switching seats."

DIGNIFIED BURIAL

The ANC's Paul Mashatile says they're supporting the families to ensure the victims are given a dignified burial.

"Provincial and regional leadership will work with families to prepare for the funerals."

Mashatile says it's unfortunate that the supporters were killed while attending the party's election manifesto launch.

"There was an opportunity for the leadership to visit the families, we didn't just want to leave this to the police because they went to an ANC event."

The ANC says a date for a joint memorial service will be announced soon.

LISTEN: ANC Ekurhuleni volunteers involved in a bus crash.

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