Priest among 30 killed in accidents

2014-04-22 00:00

A PRIEST is among 30 people who lost their lives in KwaZulu-Natal in accidents during the Easter weekend.

It is believed that the bakkie he was driving was overtaking another vehicle when it collided with a flatbed towing vehicle on the R33 near Seven Oaks in Muden on Sunday.

According to police spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker, Sicelo Vilakazi (34), a newly ordained priest from St Joseph’s Seminary at Cedara, died at the scene.

Both vehicles were found several metres apart. Vilakazi was alone in his Toyota Hilux.

ER24’s Werner Vermaak said it is understood that the driver was on his way home.

He said the bakkie was ripped open on the driver’s side and Vilakazi was lying several metres away from the vehicle.

“Sadly there was nothing that paramedics could do for him and he was declared dead on the scene,” he said.

He added that the driver of the towing vehicle sustained only minor injuries and was later transported to Greytown Hospital for further care.

Naicker said a case of culpable homicide is being investigated by Greytown police.

The towing company representative, who would only be named as Mr Maharaj, said they were informed that a driver of a light motor vehicle lost control and collided into the tow truck.

• Umzimkulu residents Sihle and Cabangile Khumalo were killed and five others, including two children, sustained multiple injuries when the Toyota Corolla they were travelling in crashed into a barrier on the N3, near Liberty Midlands Mall in Pietermaritzburg, in the early hours of Sunday morning.

ER24 paramedics said they found the children, aged four and five, had been ejected from the vehicle when it overturned several times during the collision.

Both the children sustained multiple fractures and other serious injuries.

Three adults were also found close to the vehicle with multiple injuries.

It is believed that they were also flung from the vehicle.

The Witness contacted the South African Police Service, which is investigating the matter, for more information, but they had not responded by the time of going to press.

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