Experts from the National University of Science and Technology (Nust) Applied Genetic Testing Centre (AGTC), have said that it will take about two weeks to identify the bodies of the victims of the Proliner accident. 21 people were burnt beyond recognition when the South Africa-bound bus burned after it was sideswiped by a haulage truck. The haulage truck driver has been charged with 20 counts of culpable homicide although an additional count may be added.
AGTC chairperson Mr Zephaniah Dhlamini said his team will be working with pathologists from Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals to identify the bodies.
Today we have started the process to identify the bodies. All of them were burnt beyond recognition, some were dismembered. The pathologist will determine whether the body was male or female. In the DNA section, we will take samples of the bones.
We are going to extract the DNA from the lab and get DNA samples from relatives then we’ll look for matches. We hope that in two weeks we will be done with the matching process