- Minister Fikile Mbalula has addressed the horrific crash that claimed 25 lives and left 70 injured
- The Transport Minister says that the accident was most likely caused by overloading
- President Cyril Ramaphosa has since called for a probe into the incident
Politicians have weighed in on the tragic bus accident that left Mzansi shaken on Monday.
HeraldLIVE reports that 25 deaths and at least 70 injuries were reported after the bus crashed in Willowvale, Eastern Cape.
It is believed that the driver had lost control of the bus before it rolled down a steep embankment but the root cause of the incident is currently unknown.
Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula suspects that the bus had been overloaded and that this could have played a role:
"It is not business as usual for me. I want to know what happened. The numbers tell you that this is a result of overload."
In a statement issued on social media, Mbalula sent his condolences out to the affected families:
"To lose so many lives in a single accident is devastating and shocking. I send my heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families and the community of Centane. We are committed to expediting the Road Traffic Management Corporation's (RTMC) investigation and ensure that it is concluded speedily. We remain committed to strengthening our measures aimed at ensuring safety of our people on the roads."
Mbalula continued to say that road conditions should be maintained in order to facilitate safe trave
"This includes regular reviews of procedures to ensure vehicle fitness, ensuring that drivers are fit to drive public transport vehicles. We will also continue to ensure that the conditions of our roads, including gravel roads are maintained in a manner that ensures they are safe to drive on."
JacarandaFM reports that President Cyril Ramaphosa has called for an investigation into the incident:
"The President's thoughts and prayers are with the families of passengers who perished in the incident as well as with an estimated 60 survivors and their loved ones. The President has directed Minister of Transport Fikile Mbalula and the Provincial Government of the Eastern Cape to reach out to affected families and provide the necessary assistance, as well as to establish the factors that led to this tragedy."
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