Man dies in New Year’s Day accident

A total of 138 people was arrested and detained for several hours on Friday night for transgressing the law and not respecting the Covid-19 curfew.

04 January 2021 | Accidents

NAMPA







RUNDU

A 22-year-old man died in the early hours of Friday when he allegedly lost control of the car he was driving and crashed into a wall in Rundu.

Namibian police Kavango East head of operations, Deputy Commissioner Vilho Kalwenya, said the accident happened around 04h00 in the Millennium suburb.

The man was travelling with three other male occupants when he lost control of the vehicle and hit a tree before ramming into a brick fence and died on the spot, he said.

Two of the other occupants are 21-year-olds, while the other is an 18-year-old. They sustained serious injuries and were taken to the Rundu Intermediate Hospital for treatment.

Arrests

Meanwhile, Kalwenya said 138 people were arrested and detained for several hours on Friday night in Rundu for transgressing the law and not respecting the Covid-19 curfew.

He said some could not be detained and were given warnings because the holding cells at the Rundu police station cannot accommodate a large number of people, and others were released at intervals.

Kalwenya noted that some were arrested for drinking and driving and driving unroadworthy vehicles, while six accidents were recorded. In one, a pedestrian was run over in the Kehemu location.

The pedestrian was seriously injured and the driver was arrested, while a head-on collision of two vehicles along the Cuma road was reported, with no fatalities recorded.

Covid curfew

On transgressing the stipulated Covid-19 regulations and not respecting the curfew, Kalwenya said the curfew is not there to punish people, but to protect lives.

“Don’t expect the police to police you. We must respect ourselves and adhere to the regulations put up by the government. Some people are not wearing their mask and they only put it on when they are entering shops or see the police,” he said.

He commended those who respect the law and conducted themselves in a respectable manner by staying at home on New Year’s Eve.

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