Joint funeral for 6 crash victims

THE Molemole municipality in Limpopo has established a task team to organise the funeral of six crash victims.

The funeral will be for six of the nine people who were killed in last week's accident involving a bus and a truck.

The bus company, whose bus was involved in the accident, had allegedly offered to bury only three of the victims.

The Bahwaduba Bus Services, owned by the Zion Christian Church, has allegedly offered three cows and three tents.

The other people who died were in the truck of a Malawian company in Blantyre.

The truck victims, including the driver, have not yet been identified.

Molemole municipality spokesperson Timothy Molopa said yesterday all six families of the deceased in Botlokwa had agreed on a joint funeral service that would be held at a sports ground in Mangata village on Sunday.

A memorial service will also be held at a local primary school tomorrow at midday.

Molopa said after the funeral service the deceased would be taken to their burial sites.

Since the victims were from poor families, Molopa said they were disappointed at the offer made by the bus company towards the funeral.

Community leader Vusi Ramusi said they were considering to boycott the bus company if it failed to assist all the victims' families.

He said, in the meantime, Mayor Maite Mohale was negotiating with various government departments in the province, together with the Capricorn district municipality, to ensure they helped bury the deceased.

The church's secretary, Alpheus Moshaba, yesterday referred all enquiries relating to the accident to the bus company's management.