The bodies of 10 ANC members who died in a bus accident at the weekend were on Tuesday brought to the Germiston mortuary on the East Rand in a convoy of vehicles and motorbikes.
The ruling party members died on Sunday morning when a bus they were travelling in rolled on the N1 highway between Ventersburg and Winburg in the Free State. The bus was carrying ANC members from the organisation’s ward 60 in the Ekurhuleni region who were returning from Port Elizabeth, where their party launched its local government election manifesto at the weekend.
The bodies arrived just before 1pm in three bakkies from the Free State’s forensic pathology services of the department of Health. This was shortly after about 20 members of the families of those who died walked into the mortuary premises and waited in order to identify their bodies. They were led by ANC leaders and officials.
Several grief-stricken family members, who included the youth, adults and the elderly, shed tears as they entered the premises. One young woman among them wept loudly and she was consoled by ANC officials.
ANC leaders who were present included provincial chairperson Paul Mashatile, Ekurhuleni mayor Mondli Gungubele, Ekurhuleni regional chairperson Mzwandile Masina and Gauteng legislature Speaker Ntombi Mekgwe. At least two vehicles from private funeral parlours also moved into the mortuary premises before the bodies arrived.
On Monday, Masina said 30 of the people who were injured in the accident were discharged and brought back to Gauteng, adding 15 of them were then admitted to various hospitals for further treatment.