Bodies of 11 Zambians who died in South African accident arrive home, SA gvt thanks Zambia for cooperating

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Bodies of the 11 South African Accident that occurred in Mokopane on Monday September 17th, have arrived safely in Zambia.

A solemn atmosphere characterized the Zambia Air Force (ZAF) City airport as three of the 11 accident victims were received by family members this afternoon.

The ZAF plane carrying three of the 11 bodies from Ndola on the Copperbelt province arrived at city airport in Lusaka at 16:40 hours.

ZANIS reports that eight of the bodies that hail from the Copperbelt province have also been received by their respective family members in that province.

Acting Secretary to Cabinet Christopher Mvunga, Zambia’s High Commissioner to South Africa Emmanuel Mwamba, Lusaka Mayor Miles Sampa, senior government officials and bereaved family members received the three remains at City Airport in Lusaka.

The accident happened in Mokopane near Limpopo Province in South Africa on Monday September 17th, 2018, when the bus they were travelling in lost control, leading to the loss of 11 lives, and leaving others in critical condition.

Meanwhile, Zambia’s High Commissioner to South Africa Emmanuel Mwamba has

commended the South African government for working with the Zambian government in transporting the remains of the 11 victims safely back home.

Limpopo MEC for Transport Makoma Makhurupetje says the Zambian government made it easy for the South African government to assist in the repatriation process of the bodies of the 11 victims of last week’s bus crash.

The Zambian nationals were killed on Monday when the bus they were travelling in veered off the road after apparently bursting a tyre.

Makhurupetje was speaking during the official hand over of the bodies to the Zambian embassy at the Polokwane airport.

She says they expect similar cooperation from Zimbabwe when repatriating the bodies of the nine people who were killed in Thursday’s bus crash, also in Limpopo.

“Normally, it is very difficult to get other countries. Remember, these are private buses. We were lucky that the Zambian government were very handy. We hope in Zimbabwe, as well, the similar thing will happen and we hope we will have the similar and smooth running of the process in that way. We are waiting for finalisation of both reports in the next few days.”

Two days after a bus accident killed 11 Zambians in Limpopo province in South Africa, another bus accident occured in Limpopo province and 10 Zimbabweans lost their lives on the spot.


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