Families to identify victims of Bronkhorstpruit crash

Families to identify victims of Bronkhorstpruit crash

Government officials are assisting the families in identifying the bodies of those killed in the horror crash on the R25 near Bronkhorstspruit.

R25 school taxi accident
Gauteng Education Department

Twenty people, mostly learners, died when the minibus they were travelling in collided with a truck.


Mpumalanga Department of Community Safety, Security and Liaison spokesperson Joseph Mabuza said government is assisting.


"There are some that were not burnt beyond recognition, so we believe that some family members can identify their next of kin," said Mabuza.


Mabuza said his province will work with the Department of Education in Gauteng to provide for the needs of the families.


According to the department 19 learners and the driver of the minibus were killed, but Mabuza said a family member of a worker came forward during a community meeting yesterday.


"When we were at the community meeting in the evening, one family member came forward saying his brother might have been in the vehicle, because he came from the same school where he worked as a general worker," said Mabuza.


Mabuza said this will be determined by DNA tests.


An investigation into the crash is underway. 

"The department will be doing the investigation together with the South African Police Services. We must do a crash reconstruction and we will help each other," said Mabuza.

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