UASORA Uanivi, the 33-year-old bus driver who was arrested on the scene of a tragic accident between Kalkrand and Mariental where two learners of the Windhoek Gymnasium died on Sunday, made his first appearance in the Mariental Magistrate’s Court earlier on Tuesday.
He was remanded in custody until 31 October 2019.
Angela Maiba and Jacques Venter, both aged 13, passed on at the scene of the tragic accident while several other children were severely injured. The children were part of a group of Grade 7 learners that were transported by two busses of Sunshine Tours to the Orange River where they would have participated in an adventure experience.
The accused person, an employee of Sunshine Tours, was arrested after a breathalyser test on the scene of the accident revealed that he had an excessive amount of alcohol in his bloodstream.
During his first appearance before presiding Magistrate Anna Kruger, the accused person was formally informed that he is charged with culpable homicide, driving under the influence of an intoxicating substance and reckless and negligent driving. The accused person was also informed about his rights with regards to legal representation.
Prosecutor Loide Nghixulifwa opposed bail on the grounds that the investigation into the matter is still at a very early stage and that the results of a blood alcohol test are still pending.
Before remanding Uanivi in custody until the end of October this year, the presiding magistrate informed the accused person that it is his right to bring a formal bail application to court before that date.