Families of Putco victims who burnt beyond recognition to share R600k

Families of Putco victims who burnt beyond recognition to share R600k
HEART WRENCHING: The six families who lost loved ones during the freak fire that engulfed a Putco bus whilst it traveled on the Moloto Road last month will each receive R100 000 in compensation. PICTURE BY News24

The survivors will receive post-trauma counselling and the injured to get private medical care.

The families of the six victims who burnt beyond recognition when a Putco bus suddenly caught fire on the Moloto Road will be compensated with a total sum of R600 000, with each family taking R100 000.

Then the families of the six as well as other injured people who were in the bus will each get R10 000 monthly while they apply for compensation from the Road Accident Fund.

This is the promise made by Mpumalanga Premier Refilwe Mtshweni-Tsipane this week.

Tsipane and community safety MEC Vusi Shongwe met with owners of Putco Tuesday 1 June 2021 to discuss the issue.

The Premier said the families lost breadwinners who had to use the bus and “put food on the table for their children”.

The bus company after hours of negotiation agreed to help the victims of their bus.

The bus carried 63 passengers traveling from Tshwane to Tweefontein in Mpumalanga on the Friday afternoon of 21 May 2021 when it suddenly caught fire while the driver was driving it.

Scores were injured and 4 of the injured are still in a critical condition in hospital with severe burn wounds.

Also Nkangala district mayor Sarah Masilela and Thembisile Hani mayor Nomsa Mtsweni were part of the government negotiation team.

Putco also agreed to –

– Get the 4 survivors who are critically injured to be transferred to Milpark private hospital with full medical expenses amounting to R1 million per patient

– Get all commuters who were involved in the incident to receive post accident trauma counselling provided by Putco

– Assist all the families with Road Accident Fund or Public Liability Insurance applications.

– Putco to provide two buses per family for the funerals.

– Consider employing opportunities for one family member for each of the deceased victims

Tsipane and the members of her government last week Thursday visited the bereaved families.

Putco in a statement released before the meeting with Tsipane had said an amount of R30 000 per deceased family was going to be made available for the funeral arrangements, plus an additional R75 000 per the family of each deceased passenger.

(edited by MLM)
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