Speaker’s driver died while on duty

2012-12-31 00:00

ETHEKWINI Speaker Logie Naidoo’s driver, who died in a smash on Saturday, was on duty at the time.

Naidoo said yesterday Nduduzi Gumede had reported to work even though Naidoo himself was away for the weekend in Tongaat.

“Like all other workers, they report for duty whether or not the principal is there or needs to be transported somewhere,” said Naidoo.

The Tribune reported that Naidoo had released Gumede and his bodyguard for the weekend as he was not on official duty.

A second person, possibly Naidoo’s bodyguard, died in the crash on the Higginson Highway bridge in Durban.

His identity, though, has not yet been confirmed. Both men were in a Toyota Prado, paid for by ratepayers.

They collided with an articulated truck.

eThekwini municipal spokesperson Thabo Mofokeng said the circumstances surrounding the accident were still being investigated.

“We cannot speculate on anything at the moment,” he said.

Democratic Alliance caucus leader Tex Collins said the party would not comment until the investigation had been completed.

“It’s a very sad event. A trusted member of our staff has died, and right now, we don’t want to make any form of comment until the police have completed their investigation.”

ER24 spokesperson Vanessa Jackson said the driver and passenger of the truck were also injured in the crash. “The driver was found to have been able to climb out of the truck himself, while his passenger was still seated inside the vehicle,” she said.

Both men were treated on the scene and taken to hospital.

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