Crash leaves two dead, including Hibberdene mother of five

2011-05-25 00:00

TWO people were killed and another person was injured when the vehicle they were travelling in overturned and slammed into a tree in Southport in the early hours of Monday morning.

The deceased are Perdita Gones and Owen Dare.

It is not known how the accident occurred.

The injured man’s name is not known. He was taken to hospital for treatment.

Port Shepstone police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Zandra Wiid said Southport detectives have opened a culpable homicide docket.

Gones’s eldest son, Lee Martini, said he was shocked when he received the news of the accident at 7 am on Monday.

“We don’t know the exact details of how the accident happened.

“However, I know that my mother was not driving the vehicle,” said Martini.

He described his mother as a kind-hearted and loving


“Everyone knew her. She had such a lovely spirit. Everyone was her friend and she will be missed by all. She was a dedicated mother and had love and attention to give to all of her five children.

“She was so involved in our lives and always showed interest in our achievements. She was always there to cheer us on,” he said.

Gones lived in Hibberdene and was well known in the community. She was the daughter of Cecil and Jean McDonald, owners of the popular Happy Days Café in the Hibberdene area.

The self-employed mother leaves five children — Lee Martini (33), John van Reenen (31), Jodia van Reenen (28), Djorn van Reenen (21) and Mickey Gones (15).

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