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09 DECEMBER 2021, Cape Town – Subsequent to the tragic bus accident claimed four lives on Sunday 05th December in Aberdeen and the identity reveal of the deceased, Netball South Africa appointed a two person delegation to visit the families of the deceased and victims of the accident.

The delegation made up of Vice President Mami Diale and Director of Coaches Annelie Lucas was joined by Deputy Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture Nocawe Mafu and Eastern Cape MEC for Sports, Arts and Culture Fezeka Nkomonye.

Following this two day visit and consultation with all the relevant stakeholders including the families, the federation can confirm that there would be a joint memorial service held as per below:

Joint memorial service on Monday, 13th December 2021 at 10:00 at the Mthata Municipality Hall. Former Eastern Cape Aloes Assistant Coach Nocamagu Mvunyiswa will have her memorial service on the 12th of December 2021 and funeral on the 14th in Mthatha.

Indiphile Mfengu’s funeral will take place on the 15th of December in Cala, Phelo Charles will be laid to rest on Thursday, 16th December in Mthatha and Thabisile Maxikika will be laid to rest on the 19th of December at Bizana.

“Loss of life is something that we are never prepared for and once again as Netball South Africa we would like to send our heartfelt condolences to the families that have lost loved ones, we are in the same pain as you because the deceased were also a part of our netball family. To all those injured and still in hospital or recovering at home, we would like to wish them a speedy recovery,” said Mami Diale, Netball South Africa Vice President.