Limpopo-45: Messages of hope, support pour in

Families of the Mmamatlakala crash victims during the funeral at Molepolole Sports Compelex. PIC PHATSIMO KAPENG
Families of the Mmamatlakala crash victims during the funeral at Molepolole Sports Compelex. PIC PHATSIMO KAPENG

MOLEPOLOLE: Messages of hope and support poured in for the families of the 45 pilgrims who died in Limpopo, South Africa (SA) during a mass burial of the St.Engenas Zion Christian Church bus crash victims.

Through immense grief and sadness, families of those who perished in the accident that happened during the Easter holidays have been encouraged to trust in the Lord for healing. The victims were on a pilgrimage to Moria when the unthinkable happened near Mmamatlakala in Limpopo, South Africa. "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day and not only to me but also to all who have longed for his appearing." Speaker after speaker, who took to the podium to give words of comfort had the same message, that the families should lean more on God than their understanding "for God is the Healer". In his own words, Vice President Slumber Tsogwane said the events that unfolded on that fateful day of the crash were unexplainable and that it was only God who carried everyone through that difficult process. “The bus crash was horrific and it has not been easy for all. We can only speak words of healing by encouraging trusting in God to heal the scars. We may never understand what happened, but God does and it’s only fair that we trust in Him,” he said. Giving official remarks, Tsogwane said the process was a difficult one, especially the forensic part but they prevailed because of cooperation between Botswana and SA. He noted that he was happy that they were able to bring the victims back home, which gave the families closure. For her part, SA's Limpopo Province Health MEC, Dr Phophi Ramathuba said she goes by the saying that 'matlo go sha mabapi’ that is why she found it befitting to bring condolences to the nation of Botswana as they mourn the lives of the departed souls. Ramathuba explained that when she heard about the accident, she immediately dispersed her officers to go and see what could have happened. “There was immediate action when the news of the crash broke and unfortunately we learnt that 45 Batswana lives have been lost. Those who know or have seen the road/bridge where the accident happened know it is a very dangerous road,” she said.

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