Zuma deeply shocked by school bus tragedy

By Lelethu Mquqo
25 August 2011

President Jacob Zuma has described yesterday’s Garden Route school bus accident in which 14 primary school children and the driver died as “tragic beyond words”.

Zuma has expressed his deepest sympathy with the bereaved families, the surviving learners and teachers at Rheedendal Primary School and the entire community.

Transport Minister Sibusiso Ndebele has added his condolences.

One mother lost all three her children when the bus plunged into the river at Kasat-se-drif near Knysna after heavy rain on Tuesday night.

Officials say at least 60 people have been killed in six separate crashes, all involving public transport vehicles in four provinces so far this month.

The Road Traffic Management Corporation has sent an accident investigation team and reconstruction specialists to assist in the investigation into yesterday’s crash.

Southern Cape police spokesperson Malcolm Potjie says all the children who were supposed to be on the bus have now been accounted for.

Potjie says the names of the deceased will be released later today.


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