Bakkie passenger killed on way to see ailing gogo

2011-10-04 00:00

THE man who died on Sunday evening after the bakkie he was travelling in rear-ended another vehicle at the intersection of Alan Paton Avenue and Blackburrow Road has been identified as Nkosaydelwa Mninzi (25).

The driver, Xolani Mninzi (uncle to Nkosaydelwa), and Nkosaydelwa’s brother Thandisizwe were not injured in the accident.

The three were driving from Durban to Matatiele when the accident happened.

Said Mninzi, “My ailing mother had summoned us to come home because her condition was getting worse. We decided to go into Pietermaritzburg to buy some refreshments for the road. The plan was to join Richmond road as a shortcut to Matatiele, and all the while my nephew was asleep at the back. As we got to the robots they were green but the vehicle in front of me delayed moving and I had to slam on the brakes, but the car skidded and crashed into the one in front.”

He said his nephew appeared to have suffered head injuries because there was blood coming from his mouth and his neck must have been broken.

“I don’t know how I am going to break the news to the family. I don’t understand why this had to happen to me,” Mninzi said.

Police are investigating a case of culpable homicide.

In an accident near Bergville on Saturday morning two people drowned in a river and three were seriously injured after the vehicle they were in went out of control, crashed through a bridge and plunged into the river.

Provincial police spokesperson Captain Thulani Zwane said the men were travelling from Bergville to Ladysmith.

Local people rescued the injured and retrieved one body. The other body was recovered by Pietermaritzburg police divers.

Wet roads are thought to have contributed to both accidents.

An inquest has been opened. — WR.

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