President Jacob Zuma has identified with the families of ANC supporters who lost their lives on Sunday. Zuma conveyed his heartfelt sympathy to the families of the volunteers from ward 60 in Ekurhuleni in Gauteng, who died in the fatal crash. No fewer than 11 people died in the auto crash while 59 others were severely injured.
The accident occurred on Sunday when an ill-fated bus conveying African National Congress (ANC) supporters from an election rally in Port Elizabeth overturned. Speaking more about the accident, ER24 paramedics said the bus rolled off the N1 highway between Ventersburg and Winsburg in the Free State, trapping passengers underneath the vehicle.
Speaking via a statement also, the presidency said Zuma sent his thoughts to the bereaved families. Zuma noted that, “This is a loss not only for the ANC but for the country as a whole. We are with all the families that have lost their loved ones tragically and in this most painful manner; we urge the nation to keep the families in their thoughts and prayers.”
Zuma launched the ANC’s manifesto in Port Elizabeth on Saturday ahead of local elections in August. The rally attracted about 40,000 ANC supporters to Nelson Mandela Stadium where the event took place.
Also, the ruling party has sympathized with the victims’ families. Speaking in a statement, the party said, “The ANC has learnt with sadness of a fatal accident in the Free State where a bus carrying comrades returning from the ANC manifesto rally in Port Elizabeth overturned. Our thoughts are with the injured and bereaved at this time.”
Meanwhile, the Free State Health Department said it suspected that driver fatigue was in play at that time which made him to lose control of the vehicle and veered off the road. However, further investigations are underway into the exact cause of the crash.
Opposition Consoles ANC Supporters’ Families
Also, political parties and members of the ANC have sent messages of well wishes to those involved in the crash. Opposition party, Economic Freedom Fighters spokesperson, Mbuyiseni Ndlozi has also wished those who sustained injuries a speedy recovery.
“A speedy recovery and that they’ll be able to get out of hospital soon,” he said.
Speaking also, Democratic Alliance spokesperson Refiloe Ntsekhe, who resides in the City of Ekurhuleni, expressed sadness over the ugly incidence.
“[My] condolences to the friends and families of those who’ve lost their loved ones. I’m actually sad because I’m an Ekurhuleni resident myself,” Ntsekhe said.
Meanwhile, Transport Minister Dipuo Peters’ spokesperson Ishmael Mnisi said joint plans are on ground to evacuate victims from Free State to Gauteng.
Peters said, “There’s an arrangement together with the municipality of Ekurhuleni and the Gauteng Department of Health to move all those who have minor injuries from Free State to Gauteng so that they can be observed in the area of their residence.”