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Durban - Twelve people have been killed and over a dozen others seriously injured in a horror bus crash on a rural road in the KwaZulu-Natal midlands in the first major road crash since the start of the Easter holidays, the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) said on Saturday.  

"The crash happened on [the] Middelsdrift Road between Kranskop and Inkandla this morning [Saturday] when a bus that is believed to have been transporting people to a traditional wedding went down a steep embankment," RTMC spokesman Simon Zwane said. 

Thirteen other people were taken to the nearby Ntunjambili Hospital where six were said to be in a critical condition while seven were in a serious condition, he said. The RTMC was investigating allegations that the bus was in an unroadworthy condition. 

"It has been alleged that the driver was on his way from the village named Homestead to Vumbu when he lost control over the bus. The bus left the road, overturned, and rolled down an embankment for at least a 100 metres before coming to [a] rest.  

"The precise cause of the crash is still being investigated. A case of culpable homicide is being investigated by the SAPS [South African Police Service] in Kranskop," Zwane said. 

African News Agency