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Zuma: Honour victims of bus crash by voting for ANC

Nine of the 10 ANC volunteers who died in the crash were buried in Vosloorus this morning.

The party members were traveling back to Ekurhuleni on Sunday back from the ANC’s election manifesto launch in the Eastern Cape. Picture: @MYANC.

JOHANNEBSURG - President Jacob Zuma says South Africans must honour the 10 African National Congress (ANC) members who died in a bus crash in the Free State by voting for the party at the municipal elections in august.

Nine of the 10 ANC volunteers who died in the crash were buried in Vosloorus this morning.

Free State police say the bus drivers were swapping seats when the bus veered off the N1 highway in Winburg, while the bus company say it believes the bus driver fell asleep behind the steering wheel.

The party members were traveling back to Ekurhuleni on Sunday back from the ANC's election manifesto launch in the Eastern Cape.

Zuma says now is the time for the party to stay united.

"All of us as volunteers of the ANC must honour our fallen comrades by marching together in unity. We must unite as we mobilise our communities to renew their contract with the ANC at the polling stations."

Zuma says all party members should ensure that the ANC delivers its promises.

"ANC representatives must honour their part of the contract by resolving the challenges that are faced by our people. In other words, if we call the people to vote for the ANC, we must deliver on what we have promised after the elections."

Sicelo Kheswa's schoolmates, friends, & comrades arrive at the South Park Cemetery. #Ekurhuleni10 pic.twitter.com/HJ9WzKiK1O

#PresidentZuma #Ekurhuleni10 pic.twitter.com/pMH5qk7Nz6

Joint funeral service of nine of the #Ekurhuleni10 underway at the Ke-Ditselane Cultural Village pic.twitter.com/rLLNslu0Iz

The president says the lives of the volunteers killed in the crash are equal to those of struggle stalwarts.

He says they will now also be regarded as ancestors of the movement.

He thanked the families of the deceased for borrowing the party what he calls "people who gave their lives to the movement".

"The lives of these comrades are of equal worth to those who we now regard as ancestors of the ANC."

Zuma says they were selfless and gave their lives to serve the people of the country.

Nine coffins, draped in ANC colours, have been placed close to the stage where family and friends have come to pay their last respects.

One person will be buried in KwaZulu-Natal.

Survivors of the bus crash are also attended the service today.

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