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MANZINI - Over 50 parents from different parts of the country last night flocked the Raleigh Fitkin Memorial (RFM) Hospital to identify bodies of their children, members of the Imbali regiment, who were involved in a horrific accident near the traffic circle, in Matsapha.

The tragic accident, which happened along the MR3 Highway, Mahhala, involved two trucks, which were ferrying maidens and a sedan. This was around 5:20pm.
 The maidens were said to be returning from Phonjwane and Singweni destined for Ludzidzini Royal Residence for the ongoing national Umhlanga Reed Dance cultural activity.
According to witnesses, traffic police officers pulled-over a Toyota van along the highway and that was when the first truck failed to avoid hitting the car as it smashed into the Toyota’s rear. This caused the pile up as the second truck crashed onto the truck which also had the excited maidens on board.

 One of the maidens who survived the accident, in an interview with the Swazi News, confirmed the account of some of the witnesses.
“We were about 50 on board the first truck that smashed into the Toyota van and was crashed from the rear by the other truck which was driving behind ours,” Siphelele Sigudla (18) said.

One of the hospital authorities, who refused to be named, confirmed that seven people, six maidens and one Indvuna, were confirmed dead at the Emergency Room (ER) by medical doctors before being taken to the mortuary.
Police Deputy Officer Information and Communications Inspector Phindile Vilakati could only confirm the accident which occurred near the traffic circle, Matsapha.

“I cannot confirm more details on the matter as it still has to be formally reported to higher authorities. The accident involving maidens did occur and the police are still busy with investigations, contact the RSP communications desk tomorrow for more information,” Inspector Vilakati said. Fire and Emergency Services Mbabane Branch divisional officer, Auto Dlamini who was found at the scene could confirm that nine maidens had passed on.

This was at the time he was interviewed at about 6:40pm. Dlamini said he was, however, not in position to say whether this was the final death toll as he could attend to those they had attended to. 
“Information we have gathered so far is that one truck rammed into the other and both were destined towards Ludzidzini Royal Residence,” said Dlamini.

Meanwhile, the said parents flocked the hospital’s Emergency Room (ER) in a bid to identify their children, however, they were not able to as they were ordered to wait outside the ER, which was full of injured maidens and those who had been already certified dead by medical doctors. When Swazi News reporters arrived at the hospital, the staff, medical doctors, the hospital’s administration, members of the Royal Swaziland Police (RSP) were running up and down the corridors, trying to assist injured maidens from ambulances and police vehicles to the ER.

Comments (30 posted):

happiness on 29/08/2015 07:48:23
condolences to the families of the victims, may the Almighty God be with you in this time of the black cloud
Linhle Mvulane on 29/08/2015 07:57:20
Its tragic yoh. .did it really have to happen to them? .i feel sorry for the parents.

RIP to the imbali
Ncobile Zinhle Nkomonde on 29/08/2015 08:02:10
I don't know what 2 say bt may God be wit those families who lost their children n those who are still at d hospital. ..Wishing u a speed recovery.. REST IN PEACE
Pastor David Mshengu on 29/08/2015 08:08:46
This is bad! May thier souls rest in peace and may the good Lord be with thier families.

SingemaSwati we need to pray to God and repent from our sins. This is not good for the country. Why nje why?
The police must put thier house in order really. Last time it was Slagoacar truck which cause a pile up at the Malagwane hill,and the police were involved. Even now the police are involved. Why did they pull over the van on the raod knowing that it is a busy day with Imbali being ferried to Ludzidzini.

Swaziland it's bad
Gcinile kunene on 29/08/2015 08:18:02
swaziland must go bck to the Cross.
Sydney Maseko on 29/08/2015 08:29:14
At some stage I felt too emotional such that I was sobbing when responding to false information on twitter. I have one country. RIP all those who died and may God comfort His Majesty and the families as well as the entire nation.
THUKSCD on 29/08/2015 08:45:16
May God be with all the families who lost thier children and be with the Swazi nation at this sad moment. Definitely one o my saddest days as a Swazi citezen. I hope we learn not to blame one another but heal and try to move on with time
Oujay on 29/08/2015 09:01:17
Ibuhlungu ke lendzaba le. Our condolences to the parents and relatives of the lost souls.
nomusa fakude on 29/08/2015 09:47:12
We must give it all to God rest in peace young ladies and God protect those who are in pains nows. Its too painfull the whole world
Msibi Peter Simangaliso on 29/08/2015 09:47:31
Kubi kakhulu keloku I hope the parents of the dead maidens will be compensated and the funeral will be paid for Government

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