Posts made in August, 2012

Saying Goodbye

Saying Goodbye

A mass funeral ceremony was held at the Johannesburg Westpark Cemetery on 1 April 1985.

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A heavy load to bear

A heavy load to bear

Boeta Rousseau helping at the Westdene Bus Disaster (second from right). His daughter Alice was not on the bus that day but normally would have been. So many “angels” helped that day. In loving memory of all the kids and my Uncle ‘Boeta”. By Mary Gous Also in the photo is Elmar Botha (the young man in the background not wearing a shirt). He was a young police officer at...

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The Westdene Dam

The Westdene Dam

This is an overall view of the scene at the Westdene Dam. Rescuers standing in the water on the roof of the submerged bus. Around 30 children were rescued from or swam to safety from the roof of the bus.

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Guard of Honour

Guard of Honour

Fire fighters from nearby fire stations formed a guard of honour at the funeral.

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Mass Funeral Ceremony

Mass Funeral Ceremony

Thirty-five of the victims of the Westdene Bus Disaster were buried in the Heroes Acre of the Johannesburg Westpark Cemetery on 1 April 1985 during a mass funeral ceremony.

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