SA couple that died on Otjiwarongo-Otavi road identified

01 Dec 2015 09:20am


A South African couple who died after the minibus they were travelling in rolled several times on the Otjiwarongo-Otavi road on Saturday, has been positively identified. The accident occurred at approximately 15h15 some 41 kilometres north of Otjiwarongo in the Otjozondjupa Region.

Spokesperson of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) in the Otjozondjupa Region, Warrant Officer Maureen Mbeha told Nampa on Tuesday the 61-year-old Desmond Peter Nel and Veronica Lilian Groenewaldt, 69, were identified by a family member from Okahandja on Monday.

Mbeha said Nel and his wife Groenewaldt were on their way to Tsumeb from Okahandja. The couple had allegedly hitch-hiked from Okahandja to Tsumeb. Their South African passports show they entered Namibia from South Africa on 15 November 2015 through the Ariamsvlei Border Post in the //Karas Region.

Mbeha said it is suspected that the right rear tyre of the minibus they were travelling in burst and the driver lost control over the vehicle. "The minibus rolled several times before coming to a halt some 9.8 metres left of the road," she said.

There were 12 people in the minibus, including the driver. Six other occupants sustained light to serious injuries and were taken to the Otjiwarongo State Hospital, while four critically injured passengers were transferred to the Katutura Intermediate Hospital in the capital. Police investigations into the matter continue.