Freak accident claims two lives in Thamaga

Busy period: Police continue to urge both motorists and pedestrians to exercise high caution on the country's roads
Busy period: Police continue to urge both motorists and pedestrians to exercise high caution on the country's roads

THAMAGA: A horrific accident along Thamaga-Molepolole Road claimed two lives and left another person in critical condition on Christmas Day, Thamaga Police confirmed.

According to the acting station commander of Thamaga Police, assistant superintendent Busang Malope, the accident, which happened just across from popular Thamaga bar, Heroes Park, involved a combi which struck two female pedestrians and injured another woman who was a passenger in a Mazda Demio parked near the road.

Malope said unfortunately both women from Thamaga, aged 30, were confirmed dead upon arrival at the hospital. Malope revealed that the accident happened around 10PM on Christmas Day when a speeding Toyota Hiace driven by a 53 year old man killed the two pedestrians and further hit a Mazda Demio parked near the road.

Malope said there were three passengers inside the Demio when the incident happened.


“The driver, a man was not injured, a passenger (a woman aged was 23) was treated and released at the hospital. The second passenger (a woman aged 34) is still battling for her life at the hospital,” Malope disclosed.

He further indicated that the minibus driver who caused the accident is not in custody but rather assisting police with investigations.

Malope said he is worried that most of the popular bars in his policing area like Kumakwane, Mmankgodi, Ramaphatle and Thamaga villages, are located near busy highways. He advised drivers passing these busy roads to exercise caution when they approach such places as they could come across intoxicated pedestrians.

He also advised bar owners to spread messages of road safety during operating hours.

Editor's Comment
Government’s efforts commendable!

Since the news broke, the government made sure to work hand in hand with the South African government to assist the families of the victims. The two countries came together to help the families identify the bodies of their loved ones through DNA testing. The government also announced that they would assist families with food for mourners before the funerals.Even though the deceased persons were mostly residents of Molepolole, the government...

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