Zimbabwean driver in court for fatal Henties crash

Accused remanded in custody

29 July 2021 | Justice

ADOLF KAURE







SWAKOPMUND

Zimbabwean national truck driver Takudzwa Blessing Marimo (23) made his first appearance in the Swakopmund Magistrate’s Court yesterday for charges of culpable homicide as well as reckless and negligent driving.

The accused was remanded in custody at the Swakopmund police holding cells until 9 August in order for a formal bail hearing to take place.

Magistrate Conchita Olivier denied the accused bail after the State, represented by prosecutor Beata Mwehi, opposed it.

“We fear that the accused could abscond because he is a foreigner,” Mwehi said.

This comes after a 49-year-old man, identified as Festus Jason Amukuaya, died in an accident that took place on the C-34 road on Tuesday morning, after the bakkie he was driving collided with the truck.

The truck was driven by Marimo, who allegedly attempted to make a U-turn, causing the accident.

Wrong turn

“It is alleged the driver of a Freightliner truck with trailer took a wrong route from Walvis Bay en-route to Zimbabwe.

“While he was driving outside Henties Bay, Marimo allegedly received a call that he had taken the wrong road and that he must turn back to Swakopmund.

“He allegedly tried to turn and, in the process, saw a car coming from Swakopmund's direction. Unfortunately, he could not avoid the accident,” Erongo regional community affairs commander Inspector Ileni Shapumba said.

A white double-cab bakkie, belonging to the sport ministry, crashed into the trailer.

“The vehicle collided and slid underneath the trailer. The driver of the vehicle was declared dead at the scene.”

The accused was represented by lawyer Beatrix Boois of BB Boois Attorneys.