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Families desperate to bury the Putco victims

The putco bus left six passengers dead in May 2021.

The putco bus that drove from Marabastad in Pretoria was heading to Tweefontein (KwaNdebele) in Mpumalanga when it caught fire on the R573 (Moloto) road.

The bus was carrying 63 passengers. When the bus started burning, 57 passengers managed to escape in order to save their lives.

Some passengers were rushed to Steve Biko academic hospital in Pretoria. Passengers suffered injuries and smoke inhalation.

Six people were burned beyond recognition.Their families could not bury them. DNA tests had to be taken before families could bury their loved ones.

EMS spokesperson Mr Charles Mabaso said firefighters discovered charred bodies and upon further investigation, it was found that six of the commuters had lost their life.

"It could take up to six months for the SAPS to conclude the identification process of the six people who died when a Putco bus" said one of the Gauteng officials.

The Premier of Mpumalanga Refilwe Mtsweni-Tsipane ordered the DNA tests to be done through independent labs to speed up the process. This is because families are desperate to bury their loved ones.

People lost their parents who are breadwinners in the Putco bus and they are not coping. They are demanding answers from Putco. Again, they want to get closure through burying their loved ones.

According to the Tshwane emergency officials, the driver mentioned that he was driving as normal, when he was notified about the bus being in flames, which forced him to stop.

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