Families identify bodies after horrific bus accident


About 35 families began the agonising process of identifying their loved ones at the Butterworth Forensic Mortuary on Monday following the horrific bus crash that took about 35 lives and injured many on Saturday.

The bus overturned on the R408 between Butterworth and Willowvale. On the same day, 10 people died when a minibus taxi overturned on the R61 between Cradock and Graaff Reinet.

Eastern Cape Department of Health spokesperson, Sizwe Kupelo, said that autopsies on the bus accident victims were completed on Sunday. The official death toll was 35 people - 16 men, 16 women and three children, the youngest of whom was just three years old.

Three people admitted to Frere Hospital had since been referred to Butterworth Hospital as their condition had improved.

One person was in ICU at the Nelson Mandela Academic Hospital. 

Eastern Cape Department of Social Development Spokesperson, Gcobani Maswana, said that social workers had visited the grieving families at the weekend.

"They went to assess their immediate state so they could make recommendations. We are working together with the South Africa Social Security Agency and the municipality to provide relief to the families," said Maswana.

The Road Traffic Management Corporation despatched a team of experts to investigate the cause of the accident.