Wedding trip’s tragic end

2012-04-16 00:00

A JOYOUS weekend turned into tragedy at the weekend for a prominent Park Rynie family.

While travelling to Port Elizabeth for a wedding, three family members were killed in a horror car crash in the Eastern Cape.

Yesterday nearly a thousand people packed into the Scottburgh Town Hall for the joint funeral service of Rabinand (Robin) Ramkisson (57), his eldest son, Reshem (30), and nephew Nichal Ramchundar (40).

They were killed on Friday afternoon when their car collided with a minibus outside Grahamstown.

The car caught alight, burning the men inside.

The driver of the other vehicle, believed to be from the Eastern Cape, was also killed in the accident.

According to police, his 41-year-old wife and three-year-old son were seriously injured.

At the funeral, Robin’s younger brother and only sibling, Jerry, said the family was battling to make sense of what had happened.

“What was meant to be a joyous weekend for our family has turned into a nightmare that we cannot wake up from.”

Another car with family members, also travelling from Park Rynie, was a few minutes ahead of the deceased.

“My other nephew started to get worried after he had reached the destination and these guys had still not arrived after an hour.”

After the family had failed to reach any of the men on their mobiles, they contacted the Eastern Cape police to check if there had been any accidents on the route.

“That is when we found out. I last spoke to my brother at 8 am that morning. They were so happy and having a great time, when I tried again after 3 pm I couldn’t get a hold of him,” he added.

Jerry said: “Resham and Robin were men of character and they loved their family. They were there to assist anyone in the community who needed them. Their lively spirits will be sorely missed.”

Robin is survived by his wife Champa and two adult children Ravenisha and Sarvesh.

Reshem is survived by his wife Tamara and two toddler sons, Harjeet (6) and Premjeet (3). He worked as an electrician in his father’s construction business.

Nichal also leaves behind a toddler son, Shivam (5). He recently relocated from Johannesburg to be closer to his parents following the sudden death of his father’s sister two months ago. His sister Arusha said he was always positive about life no matter the circumstances.

“He moved back home a month ago to take care of my parents because they were not coping with my aunt’s death. He was everything that a son and brother could ever be.”

At the time of his death Nichal was assisting in his father’s marquee hiring business.

“Since his passing we have been inundated with condolences from friends, family and even strangers. That’s indicative of the type of person he was. He was charming, so full of life and always helpful,” she added.

Arusha added that the traumatic deaths have been very hard for the family to accept.

“We are a very close family. To lose all three of them like that has been very hard. The only solace we take, is knowing they are all in a better place.”

She added: “We would just like to thank everyone who rallied around us during this very tough time.”

Meanwhile, Eastern Cape police spokesperson Colonel Sunisile Philips said the mother and child injured in the accident were first admitted to the Settlers Hospital in Grahamstown and moved to a Port Elizabeth hospital yesterday when their conditions worsened.

Police have not yet released their identity.

The bodies of the three South Coast men were flown to Durban late on Saturday afternoon.

• witness@feveronline.co.za

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