SW Radio Africa (London)

7 January 2013

Zimbabwe: Eight More Die On the Roads

Another serious vehicle accident, caused by bad driving, has taken the lives of 8 people and injured 57 others. Many of the injured are critical and more deaths are expected.

The bus was heading to Botswana from Harare when it veered off the road after the driver failed to negotiate a curve at about 2am on Saturday. It flipped twice and landed on its roof. The bus was carrying 65 passengers.

This latest traffic accident means Zimbabwe has the highest road death toll since records began.

209 people have died in accidents since December 15th. In the same holiday period last year 147 died.

The poor standard of driving has been the main contributor to the many accidents this holiday period. But police have also been accused of contributing to the problem. They have been taking bribes from drivers of un-roadworthy vehicles, which have been allowed to continue on their way.

Corruption and the lack of the rule of law affects every aspect of Zimbabwean life - but when it affects driving, you stand a good chance of dying.

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