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South Africa Bus crash Kills 30

October 25, 1997

DURBAN, South Africa (AP) _ A bus carrying women to a political meeting in eastern South Africa crashed into a disabled gasoline tanker today, setting off a fiery explosion that killed at least 30 people.

All the victims were members of the Zulu nationalist Inkatha Freedom Party Women’s Brigade from Port Shepstone on the south coast of KwaZulu-Natal province, Inkatha spokesman Hennie Bekker said.

The women’s bus smashed into a tanker that had stopped on a bridge, the spokesman said. Fire engulfed both vehicles, burning most of the victims beyond recognition.

Police said at least 30 people died, while an Inkatha statement put the figure at 33.

Other political parties immediately expressed sympathy over the accident, with the African National Congress, a longtime Inkatha rival in KwaZulu-Natal, and the Pan Africanist Congress saying it showed the need for improved road safety in South Africa.

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