Saturday, May 28, 2022

Government truck carrying deported Zimbabwe immigrants overturns

A government truck repatriating 20 Zimbabwean illegal immigrants to their native country over-turned Thursday injuring two passengers near Ramokgwebana Village.

Tshesebe Police Station Commander, Superintendent Mojaboswa Mathitha, confirmed the accident to the Sunday Standard on Friday. He said that the illegal immigrants were from Serowe.

“We are currently conducting our investigations, but preliminary investigations point out that a tyre burst could have been the cause of the accident. Fortunately none of the passengers died,” he said.

Mathitha added that the injured passengers were rushed to Masunga Primary Hospital where they are currently recuperating. He said the driver of the truck and an immigration officer who was accompanying the immigrants were not injured and added that other arrangements were made to repatriate all those who were not injured in the accident.

“Another truck was dispatched to repatriate the uninjured immigrants,” he said. Meanwhile, police in Francistown are also investigating another accident in which a Zimbabwean bus carrying 68 passengers from Francistown to Zimbabwe overturned, injuring six passengers on Thursday.

Francistown Central Police Station Commander, Superintendent Cyprian Magalila, confirmed the accident and added that they still do not know what could have caused the accident.

“The accident was reported to us by eye-witnesses. We cannot at the moment shed light on what could have transpired or caused the accident,” he said.

The six injured passengers were taken to Nyangabwe Referral Hospital where five were treated and discharged while one is still hospitalized.

Magalila said the bus has been impounded by the police while investigations on the cause of the accident are ongoing.

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