Magistrate Escapes in Collision

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By Petronella Sibeene WINDHOEK KATIMA Mulilo Magistrate Rachel Sakala last Saturday miraculously escaped death when her C180 Mercedes Benz hit a buffalo, a few kilometres before reaching the town of Katima Mulilo. The beast died on the spot but the magistrate sustained slight injuries on the left arm, while the interpreter in the high treason case Kachana Mubonenwa sustained slight neck injuries. The driver of the vehicle Jonathan Sakala, husband of the magistrate, emerged from the accident unscathed. The incident took place some 30 km before the checkpoint at Kongola. Sakala was in Windhoek for a magistrates’ workshop while Mubonenwa who is the interpreter in the high treason case was returning to her hometown after the adjournment of the case. This is just another accident in which some judicial officers have escaped death while working on the pronounced Caprivi secessionist case. Towards the end of March this year, Prosecutor Corelie Barnard died in an accident on the main road between Otjiwarongo and Otavi. Together with her were her colleagues Deputy Prosecutor General Herman January and Taswald July, who both escaped death.