Dark weekend for Eastern Cape as 46 perish in two accidents

AUGUST 31, 2015

By Sunday evening, the death toll in two Eastern Cape accidents, which happened in Cradock and Willowvale on Saturday, had since risen to 46 after two critically injured persons from the accidents died in hospital on Saturday night.

Thirty-five passengers en-route to do their month-end shopping died after the bus they were travelling in plunged into a river in Willowvale.

In the Cradock incident; nine people were killed when the taxi they were travelling in overturned.

Eastern Cape Premier, Phumulo Masualle, over the weekend joined the bereaved families of the victims of the Willowvale accident in prayer service at a local church. 

Social workers were brought in to help alleviate the families' trauma.

One of the villagers told the SABC, “I should have been in that bus myself, but I missed it. Two of my close relatives were there and both of them died, I feel very sad”.

With some families having lost breadwinners and more than one member; the provincial government has committed itself  to assist the families.

“We definitely will as the government step in and help these families. This is clearly a disaster; I have never experienced anything like this before. We will help them with the funeral arrangements,” says Masualle.

The wreckage of the blood stained bus was pulled to a government building.

It awaits a thorough inspection on its road worthiness.