Crash victim was local councillor’s son

2013-07-03 00:00

THE man killed in the car accident on Monday night near the Sobantu low-level bridge was the son of an Msunduzi Municipality councillor.

Sanele Matiwane (23), the son of Thandi Matiwane, the ward councillor for Sobantu and the Mountain Rise ­area, died while three of his friends were injured in a head-on collision near the bridge.

A distraught Matiwane said she was at home when she heard her son had died in a car accident.

“I did not even go to the scene. I could not have been able to handle that. I understand that the Jaws of Life had to be used to pull him out.”

She said she was not sure where her son and his friends were coming from, but said he was driving his brother’s car at the time of the accident.

The Witness visited the accident scene on Monday night. The Toyota ­Corolla that Sanele was driving had been completely mangled; firefighters had to cut the car open to pull his body out.

The front of the Mercedes-Benz van he collided with was also extensively damaged. The impact forced both cars off the road.

For some time the paramedics worked on saving the life of one of the people in the Corolla. Another had been rushed to hospital and a third was being attended to in an ambulance still at the scene.

Several unknown friends and relatives at the scene were distraught, some of them calling on the police and firefighters to cut the car open faster.

Matiwane said she was not sure how the accident happened, as her son was a good driver. “He has a code 10 licence and has been driving for some time. He was a very good driver.”

Sanele was the youngest of her four children.

“He worked and contributed to the well-being of the family. There is still so much I had expected from him,” Matiwane said.

“I could not even go to the scene ­because I am unwell myself; I could not have survived seeing him there like that.”

Sanele’s uncle, Malibongwe Matiwane, said the death was a devastating loss. “He was a good son and loved soccer and had great potential,” he said.

Although the police at the scene told The Witness that the car had been reported stolen, it was not immediately clear who reported it, as the family said they had not.

Police are investigating a case of culpable homicide and reckless and negligent driving.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Joey Jeevan said: “It is alleged that the driver of the Mercedes was driving along Promed Road, when he noticed the Toyota Corolla on the wrong side of the road heading towards him. Moments later the vehicle collided with him.”

She confirmed that the Corolla belonged to the Matiwane family.

Report-back meeting cancelled

A report-back meeting to Mountain Rise residents, organised by Councillor Thandi Matiwane, had to be cancelled last night because of her son’s death in the car accident.

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