Gender summit delegates in bus crash

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Pretoria - Ekurhuleni Municipality has wished injured delegates attending the 2nd Southern Africa Gender Justice and Local Government Summit a speedy recovery. 

Several delegates who were attending the summit, which started on Monday, were rushed to Far East Hospital and the N17 Private Hospital this afternoon after a bus accident in Springs.

A total of 14 people were injured when a bus they were travelling in was hit by a goods train, while on their way to visit a co-operative run by women in Slovo Park, Ekurhuleni.

The incident happened while the delegates from various Southern African countries, including South Africa, were carrying out the last item on today's itinerary. They had already been to the graves of the late liberation struggle stalwarts, Oliver Tambo, Dr Adelaide Tambo and Bertha Gxowa.

Ekurhuleni speaker Patricia Khumalo said all was going well until the accident. "This is a very sad incident. We are, however, glad that there were no serious and life-threatening injuries."

She added that council will be getting in contact with Gender Links, co-host of the summit, to determine the way forward with regards to contacting the relevant embassies of those injured in the accident.