Minister offers condolences following Limpopo bus crash tragedy

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Transport Minister Sindisiwe Chikunga has sent condolences to the bereaved families and Botswana government following the horrific bus crash that claimed 45 lives in Limpopo.

The pilgrims perished after their bus lost control plunged off a bridge and caught fire on the Mamatlakala mountain pass between Mokopane and Marken.

The pilgrims were travelling to St Engenas ZCC for the Easter conference.

Chikunga says the government will repatriate the bodies.

“We want really to extend our heartfelt condolences to the families but also to the government of Botswana and to the people of Botswana and as South Africa we will try everything to assist so that they go back to their country and families to be buried with dignity.”

The injured, an eight-year-old girl, has been airlifted to hospital.

The pilgrims were travelling from Gaborone, Botswana, to Moria outside Polokwane.

Transport Minister Sindisiwe Chikunga went to the crash site and expressed her sadness on the bus crash.

“A bus that was pulling a trailer went over the bridge down into the rocky river and it had about 45 occupants only one eight-year-old girl survived she was transported to the hospital a lady was airlifted and could not make it these were the people that were travelling from Gaborone Botswana to the church Moria.”