Netball authorities have confirmed that the four people who died in the bus crash, near Aberdeen, in the Eastern Cape on Sunday morning, were on their way to the South African Netball Championships in Cape Town.

Netball South Africa has extended their condolences to the families of the deceased.

The organisation announced in Cape Town they are all in mourning but the tournament will go ahead with a special opening dedicated to the deceased.

The four who died are three players from the OR Tambo district and an official. 25 others were injured. The Eastern Cape MEC for Sports, Arts and Culture, Fezeka Nkomonye, has requested a full report on the crash.

Her spokesperson, Busisiwe Jemsana Mantashe says the MEC visited the injured in hospital.

“Communication with the families has started and they have been informed. She has requested the police to fast track their investigation. From the information we have now is a bus coming from Cape Town tried to overtake an Avanza. Upon overtaking the tail end of the bus hit the mirror of the bus the team was travelling in. That is when the bus swayed to the side of the road where it was muddy and when the driver tried to return to the road that is when the bus overturned.”