An ambulance transporting patients from Springbok to Kimberley on the N14, on the 5th of May, fell victim to a freak accident between Springbok and Aggeneys, Northern Cape. Ostensibly the accident was caused by a strong wind that resulted in the minibus swerving off the road, experiencing a subsequent tyre burst. The ambulance was carrying eighteen passengers aside from the driver.
Five of the patients were transported per emergency flight to Robert Mangaliso Sebukwe Hospital in Kimberley while another eight were treated in Springbok hospital and promptly discharged. Six of the patients are still receiving treatment from the aforementioned hospital.
“My mother’s condition is stable, however it is still critical. I pray, believe and trust that she will have a speedy recovery. It’s very sad for me, as a child, to see my mother like that because she is a strong woman. But the people at the hospital are looking well after my mother and I want to thank them for their kindly attitude. I would also like to thank the Department of Health for their help and support during this time,” says Cherelle Basson (23), daughter of one the patients still being treated at the Robert Mangaliso Sebukwe Hospital, Louise Basson (48), who suffered head injuries in the accident and is still semi-comatose albeit stable.
The MEC for Health, Fufe Makatong wished those who were injured a speedy recovery.