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2013-09-03 09:05

TRAGIC END TO CEREMONY: Dancers gathered at the Enyokeni Royal Palace in KwaZulu-Natal to participate in the annual Zulu Reed dance. Tragically, seven were killed returning from the ceremony. Image: SAPAPICS

Unfortunately even police intervention could not save several reed dancers from horrific deaths in a bus crash in KwaZulu-Natal. It's been revealed that cops had arrested the original driver for drunk-driving!

In September 2013, Wheels24 reported on a horrific bus crash in Melmoth, KwaZulu-Natal, that killed nine people attending the annual Zulu reed dance. Sadly, seven dancers were killed in a horror bus crash while returning home.

Provincial transport MEC Willies Mchunu said traffic cops had earlier stopped the bus in Nongoma and found its driver was drunk.

Mchunu said: "He was arrested and replaced with the man who was driving when the bus crashed."


It was initially reported that ten people were killed but Mchunu confirms that the driver is alive and being treated in hospital: "The death toll stands at nine, seven girls and two women who had been acting as their guardians."

The girls took part in a reed dance at the Nyokeni Palace. Another 60 people were injured.

The bus overturned and crashed into steel barriers on the R66 near Nkwalini, between Melmoth and Eshowe. The barrier pierced the front of the bus.

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