CATHERINE MUMBA, Lusaka
FOUR Zambians that include bus conductor Angel Kunda died on the spot while five others sustained serious injuries when a Johannesburg-bound bus they were travelling on overturned just before Beitbridge in South Africa on Saturday night.
Road Transport and Safety Agency chief executive officer Zindaba Soko, who confirmed the accident in a statement yesterday, identified the vehicle involved in the accident as a Jitotwe bus registration ALF 3704 belonging to Lukomo General Dealers.
“Authorities in South Africa have confirmed through Lukomo General Dealers that four people have been confirmed dead; one female, one infant and two adult males,” Mr Soko said.
And the Zambian High Commission in South Africa said reports indicate that the victims died on the spot while the five who are in a critical condition have been admitted to medical facilities in Limpopo Province.
This is according to a statement issued from Pretoria yesterday by press secretary at the Zambian High Commission in South Africa, Nicky Shabolyo.
“Witnesses say the bus travelling from Johannesburg to Lusaka flipped as the driver tried to avoid an object ahead of him,” the statement reads in part.
The accident happened around midnight just before the Beitbridge in Louis Trichardt town.
Those who died have been identified as Memory Kainga, her daughter Taonga Mwale, and the bus conductor Angel Kunda while the other person is yet to be identified.
The bus driver’s whereabouts are not yet known.
And Zambia’s High Commissioner to South Africa Emmanuel Mwamba has described the development as tragic especially that it happened after a number of other accidents involving public transport vehicles which claimed many lives in Zambia.
“Our initial step when we heard about the accident was to make contact with various authorities and the Zambian community in Johannesburg. We are closely following all developments around the incident so that appropriate follow-up steps can be taken,” Mr Mwamba said.
Mr Mwamba sent his condolences to families of the deceased and has wished the injured a quick recovery.