There was a sombre atmosphere at the start to the Spar National Netball Championships in Cape Town.
Candles were lit and prayers were said for the three players and one official who passed away in a bus accident en route to Cape Town for the tournament.
More than 20 passengers were injured
with some in a serious condition.
The netball players were part of two teams from the OR Tambo district in the Eastern Cape.
President of Netball SA, Cecilia Molokwane: "I know you're not used to me being this way, however the circumstances doesn't let us celebrate anything at this moment.
There's absolutely nothing to celebrate the only thing that we can celebrate, if we have to celebrate, we have to celebrate the lives of the players we lost and the official that we lost." PHOTO: Cecilia Molokwane, president of Netball South Africa, lighting candles with players from the Eastern Cape in honour of those who passed on.
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