Paramedic on scene after wife, baby die
Lunga Biyela, The Witness
Pietermaritzburg - Among the six people killed in Sunday night’s three-car collision near Albert Falls Dam were the wife and baby daughter of an off-duty paramedic. He was one of the first people to arrive at the scene.
Police believe the driver of a BMW lost control of his vehicle and crashed into a Mahindra Scorpio travelling towards Dalton.
Wesley Sookdaw, 22, Christine Francis, 21, Kameshree Sookdaw, 30, and her daughter, 9-month-old Summer Kaitlyn, were travelling in the BMW.
Kamesheree was married to ER24 paramedic Shane Sookdaw.
Vanessa Jackson of ER24 said Sookdaw was undergoing counselling.
“He lost his whole family and is very traumatised. He is currently undergoing counselling from our guys.”
The Sookdaw family said they were unable to speak to The Witness on Monday as they were too traumatised.
In the Mahindra were Doctor Madodenzani Ngubane, 51, principal of Muntu High School in Greytown, and his wife, Delsy, 46. They were both killed, while their children, 11-year-old daughter Gamelihle, and 12-year-old son Ngethaba, survived.
Speaking to The Witness, Maqhinga Ngubane, an uncle of the children, said they were in a stable condition, although the daughter was still in ICU at Medi-Clinic.
“They are shocked at what has happened,” said Maqhinga Ngubane. “At the moment, I am on my way to the morgue to identify the body of my brother.
“As of now, we have not sat down as a family to discuss the way forward.”
Ngubane said the children’s condition had improved.
KZN Education spokesperson Sihle Mlotshwa told The Witness that the department was saddened by the loss of a principal.
“As the department, we send our heartfelt condolences firstly to the families, the school and the school’s governing body,” he said.
“We are of the belief that losing one principal is a principal too many.”