Mass memorial service held for accident victims

15 Sep 2016 21:50pm
REHOBOTH, 15 SEP (NAMPA) – A mass memorial service for the nine accident victims that died in separate accidents in the Hardap and Otjozondjupa Region was held on Thursday by the Ministry of Works and Transport and the Motor Vehicle Accident (MVA) Fund.
Both accidents occurred on 03 September 2016.
The memorial service was held at the site of the Hardap accident.
Six men died on the Kalkrand-Rehoboth road after a Hyundai Getz collided with a NP200 pick-up and caught fire on impact.
The six victims who died on the Kalkrand-Rehoboth road were identified as Josef Swartz; Johannes Swartbooi; Detlief van Wyk; Hendrick Strauss; Ryan van Wyk and Marius Isaak.
On the same day, Jona Mikka; Lukas Hiskia and Collin Kamuhanga died just outside Otjiwarongo when a minibus and delivery truck were involved in a head-on collision.
Speaking at the mass memorial of the accident victims, Minister of Works and Transport, Alfeus !Naruseb condemned the behaviour of drivers on Namibian roads and said it is an unacceptable state of affairs.
The minister said accidents are preventable and added that drivers driving faulty cars with mechanical problems are a cause for concern.
“At one point these drivers will be unable to control their cars and it might cause injury or worse, a loss of lives,” !Naruseb remarked.
The minister called on those responsible for the training of drivers to be rigorously tested to ensure that they are fit to be on the roads.
“This approach will help us to have fit and conscious drivers. We can then work on modalities to make our roads safer by implementing low cost measures,” he said.
!Naruseb urged the stakeholders in road safety to have visible highway patrols on the B1 and B2 national roads.
“Visibility of law enforcement officers on the road has a serious psychological impact on road users and we need to utilise that advantage given by this kind of intervention. Think about the impact our actions are having on the lives of others. I am making a serious call on the Namibian pubic, compatriots and families, let us change our attitudes on the ,” !Naruseb said.
The mass memorial was closed off with a sermon from Evangelical Lutheran Church in the Republic of Namibia (ELCRN) Dean Abraham ||Kheibeb.