Batswana Flock Salajwe To Bury Matsha Victim

Education Minister Unity Dow was amongst the pall bearers at Oaitse Marualebe's funeral
Education Minister Unity Dow was amongst the pall bearers at Oaitse Marualebe's funeral

The small, quite village of Salajwe came alive Saturday morning as scores of Batswana poured in to bury Oaitse Morualebe, one of the Matsha College truck accident victims.

The 19-year old young mother of a three-year old boy was one of the seven girls who perished in the fatal truck accident at Dutlwe village which left hundreds injured. The 126 students had, on that Friday of November 13, finished their final Form Five examinations at a Matsha College in Kang, and were being transported to their respective villages in the Kweneng West.

Among the mourners in Salajwe was the minister of Education and Skills Development Unity Dow, who contrary to tradition in which only men carry the coffin, helped lift it into the hearse. The deceased was described as a high academic achiever and an obedient youngster with no bad record.

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