ANC committed to helping bus crash victims' families

Emotions ran high at the Germiston Mortuary yesterday as families identified the bodies of their relatives.

ANC leadership meets with the families of bus crash accident at the Germiston mortuary on 19 April 2016. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress (ANC) says it will continue to work closely with the families of 10 of its volunteers killed in a bus crash in the Free State, to help them as they grapple with the loss of their loved ones.

Families have now collected the bodies of their relatives after identifying them at the Germiston Mortuary yesterday.

WATCH: Emotions run high as families identify ANC bus crash victims.

A memorial service will be held tomorrow with the funerals expected to take place on Saturday.

The ANC says it will stay in close contact with the affected families to help them through their time of grief.

Ekurhuleni chairperson Mzwandile Masina says, "I know that losing anyone from any family is never an easy process. It is a very traumatic experience but we are here as ANC leadership."

Masina says senior members of the party are also expected to visit the families.

"The [secretary general] of the ANC will be coming, the national chairperson will be coming and we expect many other leaders to come."

Preparations are currently underway for the victims' burial.


Free State police have maintained their position that the crash was likely caused by the drivers swapping seats while the vehicle was in motion.

However, bus company, Kabati Transport, is giving a differing view, which claims one of the drivers fell asleep behind the wheel, prompting his assistant to take over in a panic.

Police say this version presented by the company is one that hasn't come up at any stage of their investigation.

The police's Malebo Khosana says investigations reveal the bus drivers were likely to have been switching seats.

"The driver who was driving at the time stood up and the other driver wanted to take over control of the bus. They lost control of the bus, that's how it overturned."

Once these investigations are concluded, the drivers look set to be charged with culpable homicide for their apparent role in the crash.