Rip Gogo, Grandma to the 8-Year-Old Botswana Girl who survived in the accident that kiIIed 45 people reveals how her grandmother saved

Lorraine Atlang Siako, an eight-year-old girl from Botswana, has emerged as a miraculous survivor of a tragic bus accident in Limpopo, South Africa, which claimed the lives of 45 Botswana nationals.

After undergoing treatment, Lorraine has been discharged from the hospital, leaving many astonished by her resilience and survival story.

The harrowing incident unfolded near Mamatlakala in Limpopo, on a fateful Thursday evening as a bus, carrying Botswana citizens from Gaborone to the Saint Engenas Zion Christian Church (ZCC) for the annual Easter service, tragically lost control. Amidst the chaos and devastation, Lorraine miraculously emerged as the sole survivor, defying the odds stacked against her.

Initially, reports suggested that Lorraine had suffered from amnesia, hindering her ability to recall the events leading to her survival. However, in a recent interview with broadcaster eNCA, Dr. Phophi Ramathuba, the Health MEC for Limpopo, provided insight into Lorraine’s gradual recovery of her memory.

According to Dr. Ramathuba, during their conversation, Lorraine began to piece together her recollection of the incident, vividly recalling the bus’s excessive speed. This newfound clarity sheds light on the circumstances surrounding the tragic accident, offering some insight into the events leading up to the disaster.

Lorraine’s account of the ordeal further revealed the extraordinary lengths she went to survive. She recounted being carried and thrown out of a window, a harrowing act of heroism that likely saved her life.

Dr. Ramathuba speculated that Lorraine’s grandmother, who was traveling with her, likely sacrificed herself to protect her granddaughter, an act of bravery and selflessness that underscores the profound bond between them.

Despite the trauma she endured, Lorraine displayed remarkable intelligence and presence of mind. Upon regaining consciousness, she recited her mother’s phone numbers, enabling authorities to promptly contact her family in Botswana.

This demonstration of resilience and resourcefulness amidst adversity serves as a testament to Lorraine’s strength of character and unwavering spirit.


As Lorraine embarks on her journey of recovery, her survival serves as a beacon of hope and inspiration in the face of tragedy. Her story reminds us of the resilience of the human spirit and the power of love and sacrifice in the darkest of times.

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