Zambian truck driver dies in fiery accident in Johannesburg


A ZAMBIAN truck driver has lost his life after the vehicle he was operating caught fire in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Matipa Kabengele, a 32-year-old employee of Maynard Engineering, met his untimely demise at the Pride Milling Nigel depot in South Africa on Wednesday around 02:00 hours.

First secretary press and public relations at the Zambia High Commission in

South Africa, Tamara Nyirenda confined the the incident through a statement to z#kalemba.

The accident was promptly reported to the Nigel Police Station, located southeast of Johannesburg and authorities in that country have begun investigating the circumstances that led to the fire, which claimed the life of Kabengele.

Zambia’s Acting High Commissioner to South Africa, Inonge Mwenya, expressed her heartfelt condolences to the grieving family.

Mwenya emphasized the need for a swift and thorough investigation into the incident, citing the current lack of clarity regarding the circumstances surrounding Kabengele’s death.

She assured the bereaved family that the Zambian High Commission in Pretoria would closely monitor the updates from the ongoing investigation conducted by the South African Police.

“Further information will be provided as soon as it becomes available,” said Mwenya.

Meanwhile the remains of the truck driver have been transferred to the South African Police Service Forensic Mortuary for further examination and investigation.

By Moses Makwaya

Kalemba June 24, 2023


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