On 28 March 2024, a passenger bus crashed near Mamatlakala in Limpopo, the northern province of South Africa, killing 45 people and leaving an eight-year-old girl, who sustained serious injuries, as the sole survivor.

According to the South African Department of Transport, the incident occurred when the driver lost control and the bus went over a bridge, subsequently catching fire.

The bus was transporting Easter pilgrims from Gaborone, Botswana, to Moria, South Africa.

Mamatlakala is believed to be a sacred area with a mountainous route that contains numerous tight bends.

Soon after crossing the bridge there is a mountain known as the “gods have eaten” giving speculation that 45 lost lives could have been sacrificed to the gods.