One 8-year-old survives South African bus disaster that killed 46 pilgrims.

by Amos Kalu

About 45 passengers in South Africa lost their lives in a bus tragedy on Thursday. About 300 kilometres north of Johannesburg in the province of Northeastern Limpopo bus slid off a bridge and caught fire after it slammed through a barrier of a bridge.

According to the BBC, only an eight-year-old child with numerous injuries survived the disaster.

South African Accident

From Gaborone, the capital of Botswana, the passengers were reported kilometers on their way to the town of Moria for an Easter service. Around 300 kilometers (190 miles) north of Johannesburg, on the Mmamatlakala mountain pass between Mokopane and Marken, the car lost control and crashed off a bridge, according to South African state broadcaster SABC.

After touring the scene, South Africa’s Minister of Transportation, Sindisiwe Chikunga, told reporters that an investigation would be conducted by the government to ascertain what caused the tragedy.
Chikunga said: “During this trying time, our prayers and thoughts are with you. “As more people use the roads this Easter weekend, we continue to encourage responsible driving at all times with heightened alertness.”

President Cyril Ramaphosa urged people to “do our best to make this a safe Easter” in his Easter greeting to South Africans.

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