Two men die in car accident on Otjiwarongo-Okahandja road

05 Dec 2015 13:10pm
OTJIWARONGO, 05 DEC (NAMPA) – Two men died on the spot after their vehicles were involved in a head-on collision Friday afternoon on the road between Otjiwarongo-Okahandja.
The accident occurred at approximately 13h45 some 90 kilometres south of Otjiwarongo in the Otjozondjupa Region.
Spokesperson of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) in the Otjozondjupa Region, Warrant Officer Maureen Mbeha told Nampa on Saturday both men were drivers and have been identified as the 56-year-old Natanael Haraseb, and Andrew Steyn, 45.
Their relatives have been informed.
She said Haraseb was driving from the direction of Okahandja in a silver Volkswagen Passat while Steyn drove in his green Hyundai Matrix from the opposite direction.
Mbeha explained that the Passat had four occupants including the driver, his wife Silvia Harases (age unknown) , a 24-year-old woman and a 14-year-old girl.
She said the passengers sustained serious injuries and were taken to the Okahandja State Hospital.
Mbeha said there were five occupants in the Hyundai including the driver, his wife Arlene Steyn and three minor children.
All four passengers in the Hyundai sustained slight injuries and were transported to the Otjiwarongo State Hospital.
On Saturday morning, the injured persons were all described as being in a stable condition.
A case of culpable homicide has been opened at the Otjiwarongo police station in connection with the accident.
Meanwhile, Mbeha has urged motorists to be vigilant and drive with care on the B1 road between Okahandja and Otavi as traffic on the road has doubled. With the onset of the festive season, traffic flow in both directions has increased.
In a separate incident, a 25-year-old man was found lying dead in a passage near the Clay House Project centre in the Orwetoveni residential area on Friday morning.
The man has been identified as Donaldson Dennis Damaseb, a resident of Orwetoveni.
His next of kin have been informed of his death, she said.
Police preliminary investigations indicate that Damaseb had multiple knife stab wounds all over his body, and he sustained a deep cut on the head.
It is suspected that Damaseb was attacked with a knife and hit with a huge rock.
No arrest has been made in connection with the murder, and police are requesting anyone with information that might lead to the arrest of the suspect to contact the nearest police station.
Police investigations in both matters continue.