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Reed dancers' death toll climbs

2013-09-04 07:35

ANOTHER MAIDEN DEAD: Dancers gathered at the Enyokeni Royal Palace in KwaZulu-Natal to participate in the annual Zulu Reed dance. Tragically, an eigth girl has died after returning from the ceremony. Image: SAPAPICS

DURBAN, KwaZulu-Natal  - The death toll from the Melmoth bus crash at the weekend has risen to 10 after investigations showed the bus had been speeding and its brakes were defective.

The latest to die from her injuries, this one in Nkosi Albert Luthuli Hospital in Berea, just outside central Durban, was yet another of the reed dancers who were travelling on the crowded bus. She had been flown from the Ngwelezane Hospital in Empangeni in 'critical' condition.

DOOMED BUS

It was reported after Sunday's crash that 10 people, including the bus driver, were killed. On Monday, officials reduced the number to nine; the driver had not died but was in hospital.

The bus had been on the R66 near Eshowe and was heading to Port Shepstone when it rolled and hit a steel barrier which then pierce the front of the bus. It was carrying people from the annual reed dance at the Nyokeni Palace in Nongoma. More than 60 people were injured.

The latest report from the provincial transport department said eight girls who took part in the dance and two women who accompanied them as guardians died either in or after the crash.

Traffic officials had earlier stopped the bus in Nongoma and found that the driver was under the influence of alcohol. He was arrested and another driver took over.

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