The families of the netball players who perished in a bus crash on the way to the South African Netball championships in Cape Town on Sunday morning say they are struggling to come to terms with the loss of their loved ones.

The three players from OR Tambo and an official died when a bus they were travelling in crashed on the R61 near Aberdeen. Twenty-five others were injured in the crash and taken to hospitals in Graaf Reinet.

Seventeen-year-old Indiphile Mfengu from Cala is among the deceased. Her uncle, Siphetho Tyobeka, has described his niece as a sports fanatic.

“Indiphile Mfengu, out of the five girls, she’s the second last and the most gifted in terms of the brain. As a family, we have a great loss. She’s (Mfengu mother) grieving too much.  So we are trying as a family to comfort her as much as we can, and she is in deep grief at the moment. But we thank God for everything, for the power that he has given us and her at this point in time.”

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