The process of identifying the victims of the Limpopo bus crash using DNA resumes

Posted on April 2 2024
by Yashmika Dukaran

The process of identifying the 45 Botswana nationals who tragically lost their lives in a bus accident last Thursday at the Mmamatlakala Bridge, between Marken and Mokopane in Limpopo, is set to resume this morning.

The bus, which was en route from Gaborone in Botswana to the Saint Engenas ZCC at Moria for the Easter church service, plunged over a 50-meter-high bridge and was engulfed in flames upon impact.

According to Limpopo Health MEC Dr. Phophi Ramathuba, nine bodies were recovered from the scene in a condition enabling identification, while the remaining bodies were severely burned and will require DNA testing for identification.

DNA sampling from the relatives of the deceased has already commenced in Botswana.

Health Minister Dr. Joe Phaahla is scheduled to visit the Mmamatlakala bridge this morning. Additionally, he plans to visit the eight-year-old girl, the lone survivor of the crash, at Mokopane Hospital.