Woman’s ‘blue light’ pain

2008-11-20 00:00

PIETERMARITZBURG woman believes a blue light vehicle crash in May was at least partly to blame for her elderly father’s recent death.

Lungile Madlala of Imbali said the N3 crash on May 24, in which her car was rear-ended at high speed by a VIP protection unit driver for Welfare MEC Meshack Radebe, severely injured her father, Robert (76).

Madlala said her father was freed from the wreck by paramedics, who used the jaws of life to cut her vehicle to pieces.

Her father, who sustained head and face injuries, spent a week in St Anne’s Hospital.

“Afterwards, my father, who used to be strong and walked long distances, was always weak and complaining about pains,” said Madlala.

He was readmitted to St Anne’s Hospital on September 26 and died the following day. Madlala said a doctor told her he had developed severe complications. “Although the doctor was not certain, he said my father’s condition could have something to do with the injuries sustained during the accident,” said Madlala.

She said what hurts her most is that neither the MEC nor any official from his department bothered to visit her or phone her after the incident.

“Only the driver of the vehicle [whose name is known to The Witness] that crashed into mine called to say that he was disturbed by a truck and lost control. But other than that, no official visited or called me,” said Madlala.

On Wednesday, Radebe visited the victims of the latest blue light incident, whose vehicle crashed after it was shot at by one of his bodyguards on the N3 on Saturday.

Aside from the tragedy of losing her father, Madlala is also without a car. Her insurance pay-out settled what she owed on her car, but she can’t afford to put down a deposit on a replacement.

“The accident happened a week after I spent R7 000 on a [major mechanical] service, and I was broke. Right now I’m struggling to raise another deposit and I need the car. But I don’t how to get the government to compensate me,” said Madlala.

bhans@witness.co.za

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