Road accident
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Two Bangladeshis have been killed in a road crash in South Africa.

The accident took place in Gorge area of the country’s Western Cape province on Monday afternoon local time.

The deceased are Jafar Ahmed, 32, from Ghatla village of Kadirpur union parishad in Noakhali’s Begumganj upazila, and Aminul Islam, 30, from Dhaka.

Jafar Ahmed ran a wholesale shop where Aminul Islam would work.

Shahajad Hossain, a cousin of deceased Jafar Ahmed, said his cousin and Aminul Islam were returning to the shop with goods around 5:00 pm on Monday local time. The driver of the vehicle carrying them lost control over the steering in Gorge area.

The vehicle skidded off the road and got twisted, leaving Jafar Ahmed and Aminul Islam severely injured. Locals rushed them to hospital where on-duty physicians pronounced both of them dead.

According to the family, Jafar Ahmed left for South Africa 10 years ago in search of a living. He opened a business there.

He was expected to return home several days ago to get married. Family also chose a bride for him. But his return had been uncertain after international flights were suspended due to spread of new Covid-19 variant, Omicron.

Jafar Ahmed’s two other brothers also live in South Africa. He ran a wholesale shop locally. Aminul Islam started working at the shop two months ago.

Families of both deceased sought help from the government to bring the bodies home quickly.

Member of Kadirpur union parishad ward no. 3 Zahirul Islam said deceased Jafar Ahmed was son of Rakiyat Ullah from Ghatla village. He was the second among two sisters and four brothers. The family is mourning his death.