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vavi1News24 reports that the SA Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) says Workers' Day is an occasion not only to celebrate workers' victories, but also to remember those who died in one of the most horrific accidents in the country's history.  

On Workers' Day in 2003, a bus carrying Cosatu members from Sol Plaatje municipality in Kimberley plunged into the Saulspoort Dam, near Bethlehem, on the way to a rally in QwaQwa.  The driver apparently lost his bearings in the dark, took a wrong turn and drove down a gravel road, eventually plunging the bus into the dam.  "A day of celebration became a day of grief as the grim news was passed around all the other May Day rallies around the country," Saftu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi said.  It was later confirmed that the bodies of 51 workers had been recovered.  Only 10 workers survived.  "These heroes and heroines lost their lives in the course of supporting their fellow workers on Workers' Day.  They must never be forgotten," Vavi, who at the time was general secretary of Cosatu, said.

  • Read this report by Christina Pitt in full at News24


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