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One Zimbabwean Killed, Others Critically Injured In South Africa Road Crash

One ZImbabwean and several others sustained critical injuries died in a road accident late Monday near Polokwane, capital of South Africa’s Limpopo Province.

Authorities in Polokwane, formerly Pietersburg, said a minibus with 15 people aboard, most thought to be Zimbabwean, plus the driver, collided with a truck on the road in the Eisberg Mountains between Polokwane and Pretoria.

The accident could not be confirmed with local police, but Media Liaison Officer Boiki Tsedu of the South African Department of Roads and Transport in Polokane told reporter Ndimyake Mwakalyelye that fatigue was the likely cause of the crash.

Authorities said most of the victims were taken to the Polokwane and Voortekker Provincial Hospitals for treatment. Officials at Polokwane confirmed that the some victims from the crash where being treated there, but would not comment further.

Manager Sofi Sekole of Polokwane’s Department of Health and Social Development said those being treated at Polokwane Hospital had been identified as Zimbabwe, but that their names were not immediately available.

Sekole said liaison officers from both the Polokwane and Voortekker hospitals would issue a full report on the casualties on Wednesday.

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