Slipped car jack causes tragic death of councillor

2011-12-05 00:00

A JACK that slipped and caused a car to fall resulted in the tragic death of Ugu councillor for the National Freedom Party (NFP) this weekend.

Freeman Nkosephayo Maphumulo (38), was underneath his own car at home outside Port Shepstone in Bhobhoyi on Friday when the fatal slip happened.

Maphumulo was servicing the vehicle, which was raised on a jack, to ready it for the journey to the NFP’s first conference in Pietermaritzburg.

His younger brother, Lungisani Maphumulo, said Maphumulo was alone outside fixing the car at the back of the house while the family were busy inside the house.

“They only saw him when they were taking food to him at about 6.15 pm — and by then it was already too late … he was dead.”

The family are already busy making funeral arrangements.

“We are planning to bury him this coming Sunday. Our hearts are sore as nobody anticipated that something like this could happen. There is nothing we could do to stop it, it was God’s wish,” the brother added.

Maphumulo is survived by his three children, a brother and a sister.

He started his political career in the Inkatha Freedom Party as its Ugu councillor. He also served as the IFP’s Ugu District General Secretary.

He was expelled from the IFP before the split and then joined the NFP since its formation.

He again became party councillor in Ugu and also served on the national structure of the NFP.

Attempts to get comment from the NFP were fruitless since the cellphones of the local and national leaders were off as they attended the first NFP conference in Pietermaritzburg.

witness@feveronline.co.za

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