The Zimbabwean Embassy in South Africa has dispatched a team to Limpopo province to verify the nationality of five people who were killed when a Harare-bound bus overturned near Makhado town on Wednesday evening.
Reports say the driver of the Chihwa bus that was travelling from Cape Town to Harare lost control along the N1 highway resulting in the bus overturning and killing five people on the spot.
Twenty of the passengers were critically injured, while 41 escaped with minor wounds and have been treated and discharged.
The country’s Consul-General to Johannesburg, Mrs Melody Chaurura told The Herald said the team will among other things assist with the identification of the deceased, verification of documents, and tracing of the deceased’s relatives.
In addition, she said, they will also coordinate the repatriation process in consultation with South African government authorities, particularly SAPS, Road Accident Fund (RAF) and the Department of Health.
The Consul-General said the critically injured passengers were receiving treatment at various medical facilities in Louis Trichardt.
She said the team will also visit those in the hospital with a view to extending help in all possible ways.
Mrs Chaurura said the Consulate will issue further updates on the situation on the ground in due course.