Journalist killed in blue light accident

2012-04-17 07:05

A journalist and VIP protection officer were killed last night following a collision near Kwamsane, north of Richards Bay, KwaZulu-Natal.

News24 reported that Tim Ncube was killed when the driver of a car which formed part of King Goodwill Zwelithini’s cavalcade crashed into Ncube on the N2.

Zwelithini was being transported from his Nongoma palace to a hospital in Richards Bay.

No reason has been given for his hospital visit.

The accident apparently took place in a 60km/h to 80km/h zone near Kwamsane with damage to both cars being extensive.

Police spokesperson Jabulani Mdletshe said the VIP car was not near Zwelithini’s car at the time of the accident.

Reportedly the driver of the VIP car was trying to catch up to the cavalcade.

The driver attempted to overtake another car and lost control.

Both men were declared dead on the scene, News24 reported.

KwaZulu-Natal Premier Zweli Mkhize expressed his condolences to the families of both Ncube and the VIP officer.

Mkhize said Ncube had provided a great service to the region.

“Ncube was an inspirational journalist whose contribution to journalism would be difficult to fill,” he said.

Mkhize said the cause of the accident was to be investigated.

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