16 Mar 2016 18:00pm
ONGWEDIVA, 16 MAR (NAMPA) The families of 13 people killed in a road crash near the Casablanca settlement in the Oshikoto Region last month have decided to conduct burials in their respective regions this Saturday.
The Ongwediva Centre of the Motor Vehicle Accident (MVA) Fund confirmed this to Nampa on Wednesday.
This follows the positive identification of the remains of the victims through DNA tests conducted and concluded last week in Windhoek.
Fifteen of 16 people who travelled in a minibus from Windhoek to northern Namibia, perished at about 16h00 on 12 February when the minibus collided with a truck and both vehicles burst into flames.
Thirteen passengers burned beyond recognition, two were identifiable and one survived the accident.
MVA Ongwediva Senior Public Education Officer Lineekela Shipindo said Wednesday the survivor (name not available) is recovering well in the Oshakati Intermediate Hospital.
Toini Ndapanda Willem, 32; and Jeremia Kashihula, 21, were identified on the spot and their burials have been conducted already.
Six of the deceased are from the Omusati Region, three from Oshana, two from Ohangwena, three from Oshikoto and one from Kavango West.
The 13 are:
Frans Renox Absalom (27)
Aino Nangula Botjitji Nanghonda (34)
Kasheya Josaphat Jakob Hilifaali (32)
Emerita Shekupe Nepunda (32)
Shikongeni Lamek Nghiitumu (26)
Martin Shikomba (41)
Ndokotola Justina Lineekela (31)
Andreas Kaupitwa (32)
Uusiku Silas Ishidimbwa (22)
Emilia Shipahu (21)
Moongela Haikela Hifile (26)
Martin Frans (27)
Joseph Katjotjo (age not available)
A mass memorial service for the deceased persons was held on the accident site near Casablanca last Thursday.