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News - Date: 13 February 2020
Written by: Tshifhiwa Mukwevho / Viewed: 2369
The 31-year-old Thanyani Marageni appeared in the Thohoyandou Magistrate's Court in connection with two counts of culpable homicide and other related charges on Monday.
The other charges that Marageni is facing are driving under the influence of liquor, failure to render assistance and failure to stop after an accident.
He had reportedly knocked down two Vhembe TVET College students at Makwarela next to the college along the Tshikweta public road on 6 February. The incident took place at around 18:00. The students were allegedly walking alongside the road when they were knocked down by a speeding car and the driver fled the scene afterwards.
“The police and the medical emergency services were summoned immediately after the accident and they reacted swiftly,” said the provincial police's spokesperson, Col Moatshe Ngoepe. “The two victims were found lying with serious injuries. They were both certified dead by the paramedics at the scene.”
The students were later identified as Hope Mukovhanama (18) from Tshirenzheni village in Nzhelele, and Forgiveness Sebola (20) from Ha-Ravele village in the Sinthumule area.
Marageni's case was postponed to 20 April this year for further police investigations. He remains behind bars.
Tshifhiwa Given Mukwevho was born in 1984 in Madombidzha village, not far from Louis Trichardt in the Limpopo Province. After submitting articles for roughly a year for Limpopo Mirror's youth supplement, Makoya, he started writing for the main newspaper. He is a prolific writer who published his first book, titled A Traumatic Revenge in 2011. It focusses on life on the street and how to survive amidst poverty. His second book titled The Violent Gestures of Life was published in 2014.