A bus carrying worshippers on a long-distance trip from Botswana to an Easter weekend church gathering in South Africa has plunged off a bridge and burst into flames as it hit the rocky ground below, killing at least 45 people.

The Limpopo provincial government, said the driver lost control of the vehicle and crashed through the barriers on a bridge in a mountainous area near Mamatlakala, 300 kilometers north of Johannesburg

World affairs analyst Shingai Nyoka, said the cause of the crash is under investigation, as the efforts are ongoing to recover the bodies of the passengers who were killed

Meanwhile, south African president Cyril Ramaphosa has sent his condolences to Botswana and promised support, while the only survivor, an eight-year-old girl, has been airlifted to hospital with serious injuries after the crash.

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