The KwaZulu-Natal National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) sends its condolences to the families of the 10 maidens and a bus driver who perished this past weekend on their return from Reed dance held by His Majesty King Goodwill Zwelithini.
The tragic accident happened on R66 highway near Melmoth, KwaZulu-Natal on Sunday September 01, 2013. We are deeply shocked and saddened by the callous loss of such young lives and precious jewels of the working class.
The union also wishes the 60 injured and hospitalized maidens a speedy recovery. We applaud the decisive and swift action taken by KwaZulu-Natal MEC of Transport comrade Willies Mchunu, to appoint a specialized task team to investigate the cause of the accident, state of the bus driver and the roadworthiness of the bus. We hope this investigation will be concluded speedily and allow the affected families to mourn their loved ones.
As a union we also support the commitment made by MEC Mchunu, to assist the families with burial costs, given the socio-economic burden imposed on them by the triple crisis of poverty, unemployment and inequality, as a result of the wrong economic choices pursued by our government. We are fully aware that no amount of money will bring back to the perished maidens, but the intervention of government will go a long way in giving the maidens dignified burials.
This tragic accident has once more highlighted the need for the mass roll-out of safer, affordable, reliable and efficient public transport system in the province. As Numsa we will re-activate our campaign for a safe public transport system, working closely with our communities and the youth in honour of these perished maidens.
A popular Nguni idiom says; “Akul’hlwa mbeleko ngakufelwa”.