South experiences bloody weekend

01 Jul 2013 12:20
ARIAMSVLEI, 01 JUL (NAMPA) - Six people - three South African citizens and two Namibians - lost their lives in the Karas Region over the past weekend.
South African citizens John Mathubako, 66; Arnold Nel, 12; and James Mangate, 66; died in a car accident on Sunday, 14 kilometres from the Ariamsvlei border-post on the road to Karasburg.
The Namibian Police Force (NamPol)?s Crime Investigations? Coordinator for the Karas Region, Rudolf Isaak told Nampa on Monday Mangate lost control of the sedan vehicle they had been travelling in, causing it to overturn.
Isaak said the accident was caused by a burst tyre. There were six passengers in the vehicle, and three of them survived with multiple injuries.
The two-year-old Timothy Xaba, his mother Lizel Xaba, 27; and Katrina Bock, 63 are receiving medical attention in the Karasburg State Hospital, and their condition was said to be stable on Monday.
In a separate incident on Saturday, Willem Diedrick, 24 died on the spot after a 17-year-old boy allegedly stabbed him with a knife twice on the left side of his back.
The two had allegedly been involved in an argument at a club in Aroab village.
Also on Saturday, the 18-year-old Dawid Tities died after a 24-year-old suspect allegedly stabbed him in the neck with a knife following an argument.
Isaak said this incident took place in the Donkerhoek informal settlement of Koes village at about 22h30.
The suspects in these cases were arrested on Saturday, and are expected to appear in court in Keetmanshoop on Tuesday.
Isaak further reported that a 65-year-old man was hit by a truck transporting sheep from Maltahöhe to South Africa on Saturday night.
Ambrosius de Waal had been crossing the bridge between Keetmanshoop town and the Krönlein residential area when the accident occurred.
?The suspect in this case is a 52-year-old truck driver. He was not arrested as the police are investigating his case. After investigations his file will be referred to the senior prosecutor in Keetmanshoop for a decision on whether to arrest him or not,? Isaak explained.
The police said the suspect in this case might be charged with culpable homicide should the prosecutor authorise his arrest.