LEPHALALE — Lephalale Police have raised concerns after a second hit and run incident that claimed the life of a Lephalale TVET College student.
On Monday 12 August, the 21- year-old Arina Rangwaneni, who was studying Management Assistance at the college, was hit by a car and the driver of the vehicle sped away from the scene. The incident is said to have happened between 18:45 and 19:05 on Nelson Mandela Drive.
According to information, Arina just completed her evening classes, and she tried to cross the road when she met her untimely death.
Shocked onlookers at the scene say the vehicle, a white double-cab bakkie, only slowed down for a little while after the traffic lights at the college before the driver proceeded in the direction towards town.
Meanwhile, on Tuesday afternoon around 14:00, angry students from the college barricaded the road near the college where the accident happened. They were demanding that a speed hump be put at the intersection to avoid potential similar incidents.
At some point, the road was not accessible as the blockage increased, until police pounced on and dispersed the unhappy students.
Lephalale TVET College Campus Manager Jack Modiba told Mogol Post that the college staff at large, including students were devastated.
“We would like to send our deepest condolences to the family. It is not only their loss; the college also lost a life that we were supposed to groom. We also want to urge everyone with information that may lead to the arrest of the motorist to come forward,” said Modiba.
Lephalale Police Cluster Spokesperson, Warrant Officer Frans Mokoena, says they are appealing to the community to assist them with any information that could lead to the questioning of the driver who escaped after the incident.
WO Mokoena says there is a need to address the matter of hit and run incidents as soon as possible and he appeals to motorists to cooperate with police after such incidents.
He also says the safety of pedestrians should be considered by motorists when approaching areas of pedestrian crossings or even where pedestrians are known to be crossing.
WO Mokoena urges anyone with information that may lead to the questioning of the motorist to contact Captain Hlungwane on 082 565 7968 or Lephalale SAPS Station Commander Col Daniel Ramakgoakgoa on 082 565 7968, Lephalale SAPS on 014 762 1010/11, SMS TIP OFF on 32211 or call the National Tollfree number on 086 001 0111.