Families struggle to cope after homes were smashed

2013-03-11 00:00

THE three families whose homes were smashed in a spate of serious crashes earlier this year, are still battling to piece their lives together as insurance companies investigate the causes.

In S’nathing, the grader that crashed into a house, injuring Alondwe Mdlalose (3) and killing his cousin Wandile Ngcobo (3) has left a big hole in the lives of the families involved.

Anele Mdlalose (2) and Alondwe were in the sitting room watching TV when a front wheel of the grader instantly killed their cousin Wandile, who was being bathed in the room next door.

Traumatised home owner Wiseman Kunene, who now stays in a rented house a few kilometres away from his house, told The Witness the morning of February 6 remains imprinted in the minds of the family members as they continue to rebuild their lives.

The family did not receive counselling and are struggling to cope.

He said he is now afraid to stay in any house next to a road.

“I am arranging that when the company who owns the grader pays for my house, it should be built on a new plot away from the road,” said Kunene. Both his young sons have meanwhile moved with their mother to their grandmother’s house.

The owner of the grader, Kushal Deeplaul, of Deeplaul’s Transport and Plant Hire, said yesterday that they were waiting for the insurance company to finalise the details regarding the house.

In KwaPata, where a municipal truck crashed into a house and flattened a bakkie in January, the homeowner Nomzamo Gwagwa is unhappy with the amount paid to her by the municipality.

Gwagwa said her life changed dramatically after the accident as she lost most of her precious possessions, many of which are irreplaceable.

Municipal spokesperson Brian Zuma said the processing of the claim has been completed and that Gwagwa had signed acceptance of the payment.

“Our insurance is paying R245 000 in total; R195 000 for the repairs to the house, R30 000 for furniture and R20 000 for the bakkie, that amount being its book value. As for the driver of the truck, he was only out of hospital on Monday. He is in a wheelchair and the doctor ordered him to be put on sick leave until the end of September,” said Zuma.

In Cleland, police are still investigating the cause of the accident that saw a truck crashing into a house in January.

Christina Maskell, the ex-wife of owner David Maskell, said they were still waiting for the insurance company to finalise the claim on their property.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Joey Jeevan said the case was under investigation.

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