April 03, 2024

Sole survivor in Limpopo bus crash goes home

Department of Health Minister Joe Phaahla and Limpopo MEC Phophi Ramathuba wheeling the accident survivor out of hospital
Photo:Department of Health

The MEC for Health in Limpopo, Phophi Ramathuba, says the eight-year-old sole survivor who lost her grandmother in the Limpopo bus crash that claimed over 40 lives of pilgrims is stable and ready to go home. She was discharged from Mokopane Hospital today and driven to the airport in an ambulance.


The MEC said the eight-year-old was ready to go back home although she was still fragile. "I still insist that even though she is in a position where we can release her to her home, we need to remember the psychological impact of being away from home does have an impact on the total healing. So, we want her to heal, however, she's still in a lot of pain but we are satisfied with her condition."

She added that they've worked with the government in Botswana and appealed that instead of driving back home, she uses a different mode of transport.


The government of Botswana confirmed that the memorial of the 45 people who died in the bus crash will be held in different regions of the country. The Bakwena traditional leader, Kgosi Kgari III, met with the families of the deceased. "We are in a situation where we lost some of our family members. We still ask ourselves questions as we do not know what situation they are in now. They were on a trip where we thought they would come back and we would meet again and unfortunately, that did not happen. Their bodies are still in our neighbouring country, South Africa. we don't even know when they are going to be brought back. No one can prepare the burials until we know when the bodies are going to be brought back."

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