By JOHN SAKALA
Death roll in a bus accident that occurred in South Africa this morning has risen to 11.
Zambia’s High Commissioner to South Africa Emmanuel Mwamba who has rushed to the scene of the accident confirmed.
“We have confirmation that eleven (11) people have died in the Bus accident. This includes eight (8) male and 3 (female). The bodies for the deceased have been transported to Mokopane Mortuary and the injured are at Mokopane Hospital.
“Mokopane Hospital is a small town near Bela-Bela, 110km away from Pretoria. We regret to announce that a bus travelling from Kitwe, Coperbelt to Johannesburg carrying 50 passengers and five crew members has been involved in a fatal accident. This followed a tyre burst,” he said.
Mr Mwamba said the accident occurred near Bela-Bela 180km away from Polokwane and 107 km away from Pretoria.
“Six people have been reported dead and others injured. We are in touch with the owners of the Bus service company and are coordinating efforts together efforts with the management.
“Further we have rushed embassy staff to the scene of the bus accident. We will provide details later. The bus is registered under Royal Africa Logistix PTY LTD, with its address, 125 Kerk Street Johannesburg, South Africa,” he said.
The bus has been identified as a Scania Marcopolo Bus Reg Number FT 82 BZ GP caring 50 Passanger with 5 crew members.