Run over firefighter ‘had things going for her’

2013-10-09 00:00

FIREFIGHTER Alisha Solomie Govender had big dreams and had achieved many of them. But her life ended tragically when she was struck by a fire truck.

On Sunday afternoon, Govender, together with other firefighters on her team, were putting out a fire in Ashburton. She was allegedly directing the fire truck from behind when she was struck by the truck and died from injuries sustained.

Having worked as a firefighter for 11 years for the uMgungundlovu District Municipality (UMDM), 29-year-old Govender had just passed her diploma in firefighting technology and had obtained her code 14 driver’s licence.

Her elder sister, Rozanne Ramburran, said: “I’m angry because it was a freak accident that could have been avoided. She definitely had things going for her and now this.”

Ramburran said her sister, who lived in Bombay Heights, Northdale, had a heart of gold and was a humble person.

She described her as a food enthusiast. “She enjoyed cooking, baking and even watching food channels,” she said.

Her sister was a committed firefighter who had dreams of accomplishing great things, she said. “She leaves an indelible mark in the family and community because she was an outstanding person.”

Govender is survived by her father, two sisters, her boyfriend, nieces and a nephew.

UMDM municipal manager Sibusiso Khuzwayo said the municipality was shocked by the incident.

Provincial police spokesperson Captain Thulani Zwane said police were investigating a case of culpable homicide.

“The circumstances surrounding the incident are being investigated. No arrests have been made,” he said.

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