The National University of Lesotho recently held a memorial service of four of its students who passed away in an accident that occurred on December 27, 2016 at Sir Francistown in Botswana.
The students were travelling to Zambia on a church trip when their vehicle carrying eight passengers burst a tyre and capsized, rolling several times.
According to the Director of Student Affairs, Mr. Ronald Mokoma, three students died instantly. Two students were in Intensive Care Unit after suffering serious head injuries. Another passenger who was not a student was also hospitalized but recovering quickly. Only one student escaped unscathed. The driver was also discharged from the hospital.
A week later, on January 4, 2017, another student who was in intensive care died – bringing the number of deaths in that trip to four.
The deceased are: Lineo Matekane, Rethabile Nyabela, Maseabata Mokhathi and Relebohile Mainoane. Three of the students were in the Faculty of Social Sciences and one from the Faculty of Humanities. Three learners were buried on January 14, 2017 at their respective homes while the last one will be buried on January 21, 2017.
Delivering his words of condolence during the Memorial Service, NUL Vice Chancellor, Prof. Nqosa Mahao paid tribute to the deceased students adding that this has been a great loss to the bereaved families, friends, the university and the nation at large.
“We must all take responsibility to ensure that the vehicles we travel in as well as the drivers are fit enough for the roads and minimize the risks that could lead to our demise”, cautioned Prof. Mahao.
Speaking at the same occasion, the Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences, Assoc. Prof. Motlamelle Kapa reiterated that it is a tragedy to lose young lives when a lot was expected of them by the families and the nation.
The Student Representative Council President, Tšepo Makakane proposed that a special prayer session be held to pray God and appease the ancestors to stop calling young lives too early.
On behalf of the bereaved families, Mr. Mokhathi expressed his gratitude to NUL’s immediate response upon the receipt of the news about the accident by sending a delegation to Botswana to help the students in distress.
Delivering a benediction, Rev. Phakiso Moleko called on people’s faith urging them to stop blaming themselves for bad things that happen to them.
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