Truck kills ‘Witness’ vendor

2013-02-12 00:00

A MUCH loved and respected Witness street vendor died yesterday after being run over by a passing truck while selling newspapers.

There is speculation that Justice Mlungisi Duduma (43) may have had an epileptic fit, causing him to fall under the wheels of the truck.

Duduma was selling The Witness on the corner of Manning Avenue and Ohrtmann Road when he apparently fell and was run over as the truck crossed Manning Avenue.

ER24 paramedics declared him dead at the scene, saying he had suffered severe head injuries.

Duduma’s younger brother, Mncedisi, said their last conservation was on Saturday, after Duduma had sent him an SMS with his new number.

“I called and asked him for R50 and he told me that he did not have money, but we agreed to meet today.

“I was surprised to be woken by a caller who told me that he was knocked down by a truck.”

People at the scene apparently reported that Duduma began shaking and then fell on the road, but Mncedisi said his brother had no history of epilepsy.

He called family and friends in Bizana in the Eastern Cape, where they come from, to inform them of the tragedy.

He said Duduma rented a home in Thembalihle near Eastwood and was the father of two sons.

Mamsi Mchunu, a friend of Duduma, said: “He was always happy and telling us about his work.

“When he was around, he would drink beer with us. We enjoyed his company and we will miss him as a friend and a neighbour who we relied on. We still can’t believe what happened.”

Another friend, Thandanani Mchunu, said Duduma loved and respected other people. “He always wanted peace and was always making jokes.”

The Witness contacted the driver of the truck, which belongs to Willowton Oil, but he refused to comment.

Witness contractor Brenan Anthony said Duduma had spent over three years with the daily as an employee and was always on time for work.

“He had a passion for his job as he spent more hours than others selling the paper on the street. He was pro-active.”

Police were investigating a culpable homicide case and no one had been arrested, said spokesperson Lieutenant Joey Jeevan.

“It’s not clear how he fell and ended up under the wheels of the passing truck. We appeal to any witnesses to come forward.”

Witnesses should call at the Mountain Rise police station or call Colonel Chris Wiles at 079 5001 306.

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