By REGINALD KANYANE
IT was a somber moment at Tswelelang Location in Wolmaranstad when twelve members of Zion Christian Church (ZCC) who died in a horrific accident were laid to rest on Saturday. The accident took place three weeks ago on R505 road between Ottosdal and Wolmaranstad where a minibus taxi caught fire after being involved in a head-on collision with SUV.
Both drivers died on the scene and raised the deaths to 13.
Patricia Masire who was a teacher at Diatleng Primary School died along with her mother, Kerileng in the terrible accident. Family spokesperson, Ruben Masire said: “We have lost most important people within our families. However, we believe that God will give us serenity and heal our souls. We expected a lot from Patricia because she just graduated from North West University in 2016.”
She started working as a teacher this year.
Msuthwane family spokesperson, Gomotsegang Selehelo shared the same sentiments. Selehelo said that the late Annah Msuthwane was her role model.
“I learnt a lot from Annah and she was my pillar of strength. We shared almost everything and she was always there. I will regard her as my support system and Annah was loveable. She kept our family together through hardships, trials and tribulations. We hope her soul find peace and serenity,” Selehelo said.
Minister of ZCC regions (Johannesburg, Vryburg and Mahikeng), Aletha Phahlane said ZCC will never be the same after the loss of so many souls.
North West Premier, Supra Mahumapelo said the forensic report outcomes was delayed because of the extent of the accident.
Family members were forced to wait for three weeks before they could bury their loved ones.
“It has been a difficult time and we needed to ensure that all forensic investigations were properly done. The extent of the accident was devastating and more intense than Mpumalanga car crash. The government has provided families with counselling,” he said.
Mahumapelo said they are still waiting for investigations outcome regarding the cause of the accident.
Names of the deceased:
Mantele Martha Malatsi
Tsie Frank Sekamogeng
Nosi Maria Seleke
Kebitsamang Annah Msuthwane
Kerileng Baby Masire
Setshego Gloria Booi
Seitisho Maria Kgalapa
Setoki Letty Kgasu