Tuesday, June 06, 2006

A Free State mayor and ANC chief whip die in a motor accident

The mayor of the Nala Local Municipality in Bothaville, Thabo Nkone, the ANC's chief whip in the council, Michael Mabaso, and two other people have been killed in a road accident near Wesselsbron. Free State police spokesperson Stephen Thakeng says the accident happened late yesterday afternoon on the road between Bothaville and Wesselsbron. Thakeng says violence broke out in Bothaville when the community heard about the deaths. The house of the former mayor of the municipality, the house and vehicle of the municipality’s treasurer and a police vehicle were damaged and tyres burned in the street. Two people were arrested on public violence charges.

In the Karoo, five people, including a child, were killed in a head-on collision between a bakkie and car between Leeu-Gamka and Prince Albert last night. Police say the bakkie was travelling to Beaufort West and the car was on its way to Cape Town when the accident happened. Two people in the car and one in the bakkie were injured and are being treated in hospital.

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