Bakkie crash: Sole survivor unaware of his brothers’ deaths

2012-07-24 00:00

FOURTEEN-year-old Asif Mohamed, the sole survivor of a vehicle crash that killed both his older brothers, has not yet been told they are dead.

The three brothers were travelling in a bakkie that rolled down an embankment before landing in a river near Curry’s Post.

It is believed that the accident could have happened on Saturday evening.

The brothers, Aadil (21) and Aziz Noor Mohamed (23), were from Tweedie.

They were buried in Howick on Sunday after the family had received the bodies following a post mortem.

“[Asif is] very disorientated and doesn’t know why he is in hospital,” their uncle, Ismail Sulaman, told The Witness yesterday.

“We haven’t told him that his brothers are gone because he’s not in a state to handle it at the moment.”

Sulaman said the three had left home for a drive at around lunchtime on Saturday.

“They were expected back home by 5 pm because they were fasting,” said Sulaman.

“We don’t know what time the accident happened, but they were last seen around 6 pm.

“We heard that they had been on the wrong side of the freeway, perhaps taking a shortcut as they were short on fuel.”

Sulaman said Aadil was a casual worker, while Aziz was unemployed. Asif is a pupil at Howick West Primary.

“They were quiet boys. They were well mannered and well behaved,” Sulaman said.

He said their parents had taken the loss badly.

“Any parent would take such a loss in a bad way. The family has received a lot of support from the community.

“They have received a lot of mental support, and everybody from the community was there when they were buried.”

The brothers also have an eight-year-old sister.

“She knows what happened, but doesn’t fully understand,” Suliman said.

ER24 spokesperson Derrick Banks said on Sunday the bakkie they were travelling in had left the road and rolled down an embankment before landing in the river.

“The one patient was found halfway out of the vehicle, but he had already succumbed to his injuries and was declared deceased on scene.

“The other two patients were inside the bakkie. Paramedics had to break a window to gain access into the vehicle,” said Banks.

“The younger brother was freed and found to have suspected neck and back injuries and had signs of hypothermia.”

Police spokesperson Captain Lolly Moodley said the investigation into the accident was pending.

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