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‘Malawi-bound bus driver must be punished’

The owner of the bus left a group of Malawian nationals stranded for nearly a month.

What was meant to be a two-day trip back home resulted in a nightmare journey for 38 Malawian nationals who were stuck for nearly a month in a broken bus on the East Rand. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - A woman who helped deliver twins on the side of Tom Jones Road in Benoni this week says the owner of the bus carrying 38 Malawian nationals should be punished.

Yesterday, Gauteng Social Development MEC Nandi Mayathula-Khoza also called for action to be taken against the owner of the bus.

The group was stranded in Gauteng for a month with their vehicle breaking down several times.

A passenger gave birth to twins on the side of the road, however, one of the boys died last night.

[WATCH] Nightmare bus trip for 38 stranded Malawians

Miriam Taele works across the road from where the bus was parked in Benoni and was first on the scene when the woman went into labour.

She battled to hold back her emotions when talking about the baby boy's death.

Taele blames the owner of bus for the baby's death.

The mother is still in hospital with the surviving infant. Doctors are hopeful that he will pull through.

Meanwhile, the rest of the group is en route to Malawi after bus company Intercape stepped in to assist them on their journey back home.