5 ANC supporters perish in a bus crash on R71 Magoebaskloof while heading to the ANC January 8 Celebration at Mbombela stadium


By Kabelo Abel Mokgalabone

TZANEEN: Five ANC supporters from Botlokwa allegedly died in a horrific bus accident on the R71Magoebaskloof heading to attend ANC January at Mbombela Stadium this morning at around 3 am.

The bus was ferrying ANC members from the Molemole Sun region under the Capricorn District.

According to Department of Transport and Community Safety Spokesperson Tidimalo Chuene, preliminary reports indicate that 3 buses were following each other when the third bus hit the second one from behind and overturned into a gorge.

Paramedics say they received reports of a bus accident on the R71 Magoebaskloof at around half past 3 in the morning.

On arrival they found a bus full of occupants had gone off the road and had rolled approximately 20m down a steep embankment.

At least 5 patients had sustained injuries that were unsustainable with life and were declared deceased on scene.

Various patients who had sustained injuries ranging from minor to severe were stabilized before being transported to various hospitals.

The cause of the accident is subject to investigation by law enforcement

The road has been closed, motorists advised to use R81.

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