Four people died after a wall collapsed on guests during a wedding ceremony in GaChuene Thokgwaneng, Limpopo in Zimbabwe on the 3rd of October.
It is alleged that those who attended the ceremony were seated in a tent that was positioned next to an unroofed building before strong winds blew.
Three people died on the spot while several others were injured. One person died later in hospital.
SAPS spokesperson Brig Motlafela Mojapelo said the police in Lebowakgomo have opened an inquest docket and had identified the deceased as Tiisetso Bushy Macheka, 36, Lesego Ribisi of Hwelereng village, 18, Phinias Maripane Kganyago of Gamashashane and Samson Sambo, who died at Lebowakgomo hospital.
Family spokesperson and brother to the bride, Phinias Yika said the incident happened around 5 pm when the wind started picking up.
He said the tent was not hinged to the wall and it was about 1. 5m or 2m away from the wall.
Those seated inside the tent were trapped after the collapsed wall fell on top of the tent.
Yika said the bride and her in- laws had already left when the incident occurred.
” For the wedding negotiations, we finished early, at about 12 PM to 1 PM. The in- laws said they were going to fetch their bride at about 5 PM. Immediately after they left, the disaster started. They had already left with their bride and most of the people had left to accompany the bride. The few who were remaining and were involved in the incident were the ones who were left behind. ” Yika said.
Limpopo social development MEC Nkakareng Rakgoale sent her condolences to the families of the victims.
Department spokesperson Witness Tiva said a team of social workers had been deployed to provide psychosocial support to the families and other affected parties, TimesLive reports.
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