Information, Media and Broadcasting Services Minister Dr Christopher Mushohwe has sent a condolence message to the Miga family following the death of Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation news reporter Thulani Miga (31), who will be laid to rest today at Warren Hills Cemetery.
Miga died in a car accident at the 42-kilometre peg along the Harare-Nyamapanda highway on Tuesday.
Dr Mushohwe said: “His tragic death has robbed the country of one of its promising young crop of journalists. Thulani Miga will be remembered for a very long time to come by many ZBC viewers and audiences for his sharp and effective news reporting style. The public broadcaster and the nation are all the poorer on is passing on.
“On behalf of my ministry, the media fraternity, and indeed on my own behalf, I wish to extend our deepest condolences to the Miga family on the loss of their beloved son. May they rest assured that our thoughts and prayers are with them during their darkest hour of grief.”
Meanwhile, our Beitbridge Bureau chief Thupeyo Muleya reports that four people were killed while 29 others were injured when the driver of an Eagleliner cross-border bus they were travelling in lost control resulting in it overturning near Louis Trichardt in South Africa’s Limpopo province.
Limpopo police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Ronel Otto said the incident occurred at around 10am yesterday near Witvlag turn-off along the N1 highway.
She said the bus was travelling from Harare to Johannesburg with 65 people on board including the bus crew.
Col Otto said the bus’ wreckage was still on the road adding that they had temporarily closed the road and urged motorists to use the Witvlag Road as an alternative.
“The bus was travelling to Johannesburg and when it neared Witvlag turn-off, the driver lost control resulting in it overturning, killing four people (two males and two females) instantly,” she said.
“Twenty-nine other people escaped with minor injuries while another 32 were unhurt.”
She said the deceased were taken to Makhado Government Mortuary while the injured were undergoing treatment at Louis Trichardt Memorial Hos- pital.
Col Otto said they were yet to notify the deceased’s next of kin.
She said further investigations into the accident were under way.
The latest accident brings to 24 the total number of Zimbabweans who have died in road carnages along the N1 highway in the last 12 months.
The N1 highway is one of the busiest roads in South Africa as it links that country to the rest of Africa and handles the bulk of commercial cargo.