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“Speeding” kombi kills one, injures two

Wednesday, 29 March 2017  Radio Dialogue

BULAWAYO - A GRADE Five pupil died on the spot while two others were seriously injured after being hit by a “speeding” commuter omnibus near Matshobane suburb along Luveve road this morning.

The deceased is said to be a pupil at Gampu Primary School in Matshobane suburb.

The injured were rushed to Mpilo Central Hospital for treatment.

She was hit a few meters away form a zebra crossing together with her school-mate and the conductor of a kombi they were boarding.

The driver of the kombi that hit the trio, who was identified as Norest Marvelous, was visibly shaken and could not utter a word.

According to Enock Bango, the driver of another kombi which was carrying the children, his conductor was helping the pupils to cross the road when they were hit by an on-coming Bulawayo CBD bound kombi.

“The trio was hit by another on-coming kombi when the conductor who has been identified as Bongani Sibanda was helping them cross the road, it was around 6:40am,” said Bango

Close relatives said the deceased lived in Matshobane with her grandfather and had gone to visit her mother, after which she had to board a kombi to school.

“The children boarded my Kombi in the morning and when we arrived at the bus stop, my conductor held the children with hands intending to help them cross the road,” Bango said

Bango added that the on- coming kombi was speeding and this led to the fatal incident.

“When they were halfway through the road just near a zebra crossing, the kombi came from nowhere on high speed and hit the trio ,” said Bango

“The pupil died on the spot while her school-mate was injured together with the conductor,” he added.

The scene became emotional as the relatives, who had came to witness the accident discovered it was their child who lay dead in pool of blood.

Her grandfather who came along with the her aunt and brother identified the body of his grandchild.

Witnesses at the scene were complaining about reckless driving of kombi drivers which is characterised by over speeding and non-observation road regulations.

“He was approaching a zebra crossing and as a motorist you know that when you are approaching a zebra crossing you have to slow down and give precedence to crossing pedestrians,” one parent, Nkululeko Moyo.

“It is disheartening that drivers overspeed especially considering that it is a place were most pupils to Gampu Primary from Matshobane and other surbubs cross the road, he added.

Recently, in two separate incidents, two Maphisa Primary School pupils from Sizinda suburb were hit by a kombi along a zebra crossing,raising concerns about reckless driving in the suburbs.



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