The City of Ekurhuleni announced it had set up a Joint Operation Centre to coordinate information regarding the accident which claimed the lives of 11 people who were travelling home from the African National Congress (ANC) manifesto launch in Port Elizabeth.

The accident occurred when a bus ferrying ANC volunteers from Ekurhuleni rolled several times on the N1 between Winburg and Kroonstad on Sunday morning.


At least 59 people were injured. It was not yet clear what caused the accident.

The city said families of the victims now had a central place to receive information concerning their loved ones.

The centre is based at Palm Ridge Fire Station‚ which is closer to Vosloorus and Katlehong‚ where the passengers come from.

Family members can visit the centre or call 011 999 3796 to check the list of people that were on the bus. The city also had chaplains and counsellors on standby to assist family members through this trauma.

“The (centre) stands ready to provide up-to-date information on the status of all passengers involved in the fatal accident including those that are still hospitalised in the Free State‚ and the patients that were transferred to our local hospitals‚ member of the mayoral committee on community safety Vivian Chauke said.

She said a bus carrying 27 patients with minor injuries arrived just after midnight.

“These patients were allowed to go home after observation‚” she said.

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