Bu­l­awayo-bound kombi in Musina head-on

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Thu­peyo Mu­leya,

AT least six Zim­bab­weans are be­lieved to be among eight peo­ple who were killed when a Bu­l­awayo-bound Toy­ota Quan­tum they were trav­el­ling in col­lided with a pri­vate ve­hi­cle along the N1 high­way.

The quan­tum was trav­el­ling from Hill­brow in Jo­han­nes­burg head­ing for Bu­l­awayo while the smaller car was trav­el­ling to Makhadho town.

Lim­popo po­lice spokesper­son, Lieu­tenant Colonel Moat­she Ngoepe said the ac­ci­dent oc­curred be­tween Makhado and Musina towns near the Aku­na­mathatha area on Sun­day.

He said six peo­ple died on the spot while two oth­ers died upon ad­mis­sion at Musina Govern­ment Hospi­tal.

Said Lieut Col Ngoepe; “Th­ese peo­ple were killed in a cul­pa­ble homi­cide case which oc­curred along the N1 road next to Aku­na­mathatha. “A pri­vate car col­lided head on with a Toy­ota Quan­tum kombi and three oc­cu­pants of this pri­vate car died on the spot and three oth­ers died from the Quan­tum at about 6:55AM on 10 Septem­ber. “The cause of this col­li­sion is still un­known but po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tions are un­der­way to es­tab­lish what hap­pened.”

He iden­ti­fied the de­ceased as Nkosiyapha Sibanda (36), Mlapho Lukas (32), Jonas Phiri (30), Zwelibanzi Maxwell Si­bili (44), Terry Si­bili (37) and Ye­meni Petrus Si­bili (44).

He said they were yet to es­tab­lish the names of the other two peo­ple who later died at the hospi­tal.

Lieut Col Ngoepe said sev­eral other pas­sen­gers from the quan­tum were in­jured and are ad­mit­ted at Musina hospi­tal.

He urged mo­torists to al­ways ad­here to road traf­fic reg­u­la­tions to avoid the un­nec­es­sary loss of lives.

The N1 high­way is one of the busiest roads which links South Africa with the rest of Sadc es­pe­cially those from Malawi, DRC, Zam­bia and Zim­babwe.

The road has be­come a death trap with more than 30 peo­ple in­clud­ing Zim­bab­weans and Malaw­ians dy­ing in ac­ci­dents in the last eight months.

A few weeks ago, four Malaw­ians among them a tod­dler were killed and 16 oth­ers were in­jured when a bus they were trav­el­ling in was in­volved in ac­ci­dent, 8km out­side Makhado town in Lim­popo prov­ince.

The bus was trav­el­ling from Jo­han­nes­burg to Malawi via Zim­babwe.

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