SANDF to release accident report by Monday

CREDIT: Peter John Visagie

The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) hopes to release the full report of the accident that occurred outside Clarens in the Free State by Monday the latest.

SANDF’s Xolani Mabanga says they are still gathering all the facts of the horror bus crash in the Golden Gate Highlands National Park on Friday, that claimed the lives of 11 women after the bus rolled down an embankment, on the R712.

He says names of the deceased cannot be communicated as the next-of-kin are currently being informed. All members are from the Department of Defence’s Mobilisation Centre in De Brug‚ Bloemfontein and they were travelling to a Women’s Day event.

Meanwhile Free State Department of Police, Road and Transport spokeswoman Hillary Mophethe send condolences to all the families of the deceased.

“A total of 40 women and two male bus drivers were in an SANDF bus on their way to the Basotho Cultural Village, near the Golden Gate. The bus driver lost control of the bus and it turned out of the road. Nine women died at the scene and two were confirmed dead at the hospital. The rest of the injured passengers which are from major to minor injuries, were dispersed at different hospitals in Qwaqwa and Bethlehem.”

Meanwhile, The Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) has sent a team of accident reconstruction experts to probe the horror military bus crash.