Bus driver in fatal accident denied bail at Mariental

The 33-year-old bus driver arrested on Sunday after the bus he was driving carrying 55 learners from Windhoek Gymnasium left the road and overturned, made his first appearance at the Mariental Magistrates Court on Tuesday.

UasoraUanivi appeared before Magistrate Anna-Marie Kruger on charges of drunk driving and culpable homicide, where he was denied bail on the grounds that official blood test results for his alcohol level were still outstanding, however, he was told to apply for a formal bail hearing.

Uanivi was remanded into custody at the Mariental Police holding cells, and will make his next appearance on the 31 October later this year.

The incident happened at about 09h00 on the B1 national road between Kalkand and Mariental on Sunday.

The group were en route to the Orange river on a school excursion, which was called off after the fatal accident

It is alleged that the driver of a white Volvo Sunshine tours bus with registration number N68312W, with 55 school kids from Windhoek Gymnasium Private School on board lost control of the bus and it left the road and overturned killing two kids on spot.

The two deceased were trapped in the wreckage and the 'Jaws of life' were used to remove the bodies, while the rest of the kids suffered injuries ranging from slight to serious and were rushed to Mariental State Hospital for treatment.

The names of the deceased teenagers' are Jacque Venter, 13 and Angela Maiba also 13.

Next of kin of deceased were notified and police investigations continue.

Public Prosecutor LoideNghixulifwa represented the State in the matter.

Source: Namibia Press Agency