Cape Town dog carer killed in car crash

2015-09-18 21:00
(Picture: Richard Muller)

(Picture: Richard Muller)

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Cape Town - Staff at a Plumstead animal welfare organisation are still in shock after an employee was killed in a car accident on Thursday while transporting dogs for their daily walk. 

Eston Nyemba died on Thursday after he was taken to hospital. His colleague, Lesting, received stitches for a head wound. Lesting's surname was not known.

"It has been such a shock for the staff. You could see how much the dogs loved him [Nyemba]," PlumPets owner Paulette Bousfield told News24 on Friday.

An Opel and tow truck vehicle collided on the corner of Victoria and Trentham streets in Plumstead on Thursday afternoon, according to Cape Town Traffic Services spokesperson Richard Coleman. 

"I went there as quickly as I could, by which time the police and ER units were there," Bousfield said.

She said she reassured Nyemba and told him she was going to fetch his wife.

"When I got to Groote Schuur [hospital], he hadn’t made it," she said, bursting into tears.

Nyemba had worked for PlumPets for about a year.

'Nyemba provided for 12 children'

He fed, walked and took care of the dogs at the organisation and at Bousfield's home.

The charity cares for special-needs dogs and rehabilitates them, "not just fixing bones, but fixing little personality quirks too", said Bousfield.

"Nyemba provided for 12 children. Both his brothers died and he took over their children, while already having four of his own.”

Four dogs in the vehicle - Scout, Jay Jay, Cristy and Cleo - ran off after the crash, but were later recaptured. Cleo’s leg was injured in the crash.

Speedy Towing and Spares manager Richard Muller said the accident was "unfortunate".

"There was an armed robbery in Diep River and two of our drivers responded. We are part of the neighbourhood watch and are often involved in catching housebreakers and car thieves," Muller said.

He claimed that one tow truck had tracked the armed robbers in their vehicle from a distance, while another was going to block them off from the front.

Muller claimed the pet vehicle pulled out in front of one of the tow trucks.

He said the tow truck then crashed into a wall.

Western Cape police spokesperson Captain FC van Wyk did not confirm the armed robbery or the circumstances relating to the accident.

He said a culpable homicide and reckless and negligent driving case was being investigated.

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