ANC bus crash victims buried in emotional service

President Zuma used the funeral of victims killed in the crash to continue calls for unity within the ANC.

President Jacob Zuma attended a funeral service for ANC volunteers who died in a bus crash near Windburg in the Free State in April 2016. Picture: @MYANC via Twitter.

JOHANNESBURG - As African National Congress (ANC) branches prepare to meet this week, to discuss the Constitutional Court judgment on Nkandla, the funeral of victims killed in a bus crash in the Free State has been used to continue calls for unity within the party.

President Jacob Zuma, Gauteng ANC Chairperson Paul Mashatile and other political heavyweights attended the service in Ekurhuleni on Saturday.

Zuma echoed the sentiments expressed by politicians last week, calling on members of the ANC to remember the cause the volunteers had died for ahead of this year's elections.

It was an emotional send off for the nine victims who died in a bus crash while travelling back from the party's election manifesto in the Eastern Cape.

President Zuma told mourners the volunteers died in the service of the movement.

"The passing on of these 10 members of our movement must serve as a clarion call. Their deaths must remind us that the ANC is an ideal that must live well beyond all of us."

The 10th victim, Vusi Nkabinde, was buried in Newcastle in Kwazulu-Natal yesterday morning.

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