Press Release 01 October 2011

Fatal Traffic Accident

Three fatal road traffic accidents were reported over the past twenty-four hours.

On 30/09/2011 at about 1800 hrs near Bethany along Mahlanya/Matsapha public road a BMW driven by a 38 year old man of Ntondozi knocked down a 20 year old man of Mahlanya who was crossing the road while at Bethany area. The BMW further collided with an on coming Toyota Hilux driven by a 37 year old man of Zombodze. The Toyota Hilux collided with a Toyota Hiace driven by a 43 year old man of EZulwini. Other motor vehicles that were also involved in the pile-up was another Toyota Hilux that was driven by a 30 year old man of eKudzeni and a Toyota Land Cruiser driven by a 40 year old man of Manzini.

The Pedestrian was certified dead on arrival at RFM hospital.

On 30/09/2011 at about 1430 hrs near Joy Mission along public road an Isuzu twin Cab driven by a 38 year old man of Mbabane lost control and overturned several times after colliding with a Toyota Noah driven by a 38 year old man of Lubulini area. The driver of the former vehicle was rushed to RFM hospital where he was certified dead on arrival while six passengers from the same vehicle sustained serious injuries.

On 30/09/2011 at about 1215 hrs at Mjekuza along Croydon/Mandlangempisi public road an Iveco bus which was driven by a 31 year old man of Herefords knocked down a 4 year old girl of Mjekuza who was seriously injured and was certified dead at Dvokolwako Health Centre.

Police are still investigating the above accidents.

However we pass condolences to the families of the deceased and pray for a quick recovery to those who were injured as a result of the accidents.

The cost of road accidents has a serious adverse effect in the economy and to the country’s experienced man power. Families may have lost bread winners and some may have become physically disabled and may no longer bring income to their families as they used to. Such unfortunate happenings relegate dependents to vulnerability of poverty and devaluing of families’ most cherished and useful assets in a form of these wrecked vehicles which is always much more expensive to replace.

Therefore we urge all road users including pedestrians to assume responsibility to others by following and respecting road signs and traffic laws, and bearing in mind that their lives and that of others will be directly or indirectly affected should an accident happen.

Major incidents

Murder

Manzini Police are investigating murder whereby on 30/09/2011 at about 1900 hrs a 23 year old man of Mangwaneni area was stabbed on the chest and on the forehead by a friend after a short argument while at Mangwaneni area in Manzini. The victim died on the spot and the suspect disappeared after the incident. The suspect who is known at Mangwaneni location is advised to surrender to the nearest police station or Community police.

Anyone with information of the suspect’s whereabouts can contact Manzini Police Station @ 25052222 or dial 999.

Supt. Wendy Hleta (PRO)

For Commissioner of Police