The African National Congress in Mpumalanga planned to set up a trust fund for the victims of the Bushbuckridge accident that claimed 25 lives on Wednesday, they said in a statement on Saturday.

“The ANC calls upon South Africans to join the ANC to help the bereaved families to raise funds through the Trust Fund to assist in the burial of the deceased,” said party spokesman Carl Niehaus.

He said this following a visit by party president Jacob Zuma to the Mpumalanga hospital, where the six survivors of Wednesday’s two truck collision accident are being treated.

“The President extended condolences to the families of the deceased… and wished them well and that they should recover soon because prayers of millions of South Africans across the country are with them during this challenging time,” Niehaus said.

He could however not give details of the trust fund, saying information will be provided at a later stage.

The six people were rushed to hospital together with two other people when a KFC truck lost control and collided with a smaller truck transporting workers to a nearby plantation on the R40 in Bushbuckridge on Wednesday.

Two of the injured people died later in hospital, bringing to 25 the number of people killed in that accident.