Six party members of the African National Congress (ANC) have died in a bus crash en route to the party’s 112th birthday celebrations, taking place in Mbombela.
The ANC Supporters were travelling in a bus from Limpopo to join other party supporters who are gathering in Mpumalanga for the ANC birthday rally. The incident happened in the early hours of Saturday.
Supporters and members of the ruling party are gathering to hear from ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa. He is expected to highlight the priorities of the national executive committee’s (NEC’s) for 2024.
According to Police Minister Bheki Cele:
“Those buses in the convoy, the other bus hit the other one in the back and went into the ditch and we have lost 6 people there.”
Deputy Secretary-General of the ANC, Nomvula Mokonyane confirmed the incident. “We were informed this morning that six members of this organisation from Peter Mokaba Region were involved in bus accident while they were travelling to Mbombela from Limpopo. This is a very devastating moment. We are waiting for a report from them. We are saddened by the news and we will do better in their memory,” Mokonyane said.
Limpopo MEC for Transport and Community Safety Florence Radzilani and other government officials from the province have been recused from the January 8 Statement in Mbombela to attend to the accident scene.