The Police in Polokwane remain on the lookout for a suspected hit-and-run driver who allegedly ran over two persons during a stampede of aspirant students at the Pololwane campus of the Capricorn College for TVET last Thursday.
Provincial Police Corporate Communications Head, Motlafela Mojapelo told Polokwane Observer on Tuesday that the case had a lot of loose ends but reiterated that they would get to the bottom of the matter. He said the Police could not trace the victims and were still verifying the initial registration number of the suspected vehicle.
He also explained that at that moment there was no culprit while the victim who had been hospitalised was discharged.
The initial Police statement released last Thursday pointed to a white vehicle with the registration number ‘CMX 390 L’ allegedly running over two pedestrians walking in the vicinity of the college premises. One of them suffered serious injuries. It is alleged that the incident occurred after members of a private security company in charge of access control at the college had opened the gates to allow entry to the multitudes of the awaiting applicants for registration.
“A stampede ensued as the applicants were jostling for access, resulting in serious injury to Tshepo Malatjie (22) from Tzaneen and the further collapsing of five other applicants aged between 19 and 26 years. The injured were transported to Pietersburg Provincial Hospital for medical treatment,” the statement read.
The situation at the college somehow forced the college management to suspend the registration process to Monday at the new Peter Mokaba Stadium.
The Police requested anyone with information regarding the accident to contact the nearest Police Station or call the toll free number 0860010111.
Story & photos: ENDY SENYATSI