Father, son killed in crash

2013-06-04 00:00

A TRIP back home from a family function in Sobantu ended tragically when a father and son were killed in a runaway car.

In the car were extended family members and relatives, driver Thulasizwe Dlamini (35), father and son Sbu (64) and Ngcebo Msomi (7), Zamasiba Dlamini, Sanele Shezi (36) and Shelagh Dhlomo.

According to Zamasiba, the vehicle had stopped to drop them off at their homes in Imbali Unit 18 on Sunday in the early evening.

“My mother and myself had just disembarked when the driver decided to get closer to the gate to make it easier for Ngcebo to get to the house. He is physically challenged. The next thing the car rolled down the road at high speed,” said the distraught woman.

The vehicle careened down the road and crashed into the concrete perimeter fence in the neighbourhood.

Sbu died on the scene and his son Ngcebo died in hospital, while Shezi is still in hospital.

The driver, Thulasizwe, was still in shock as he battled to relate how events unfolded.

“I still don’t know what happened. I parked the car and the next thing it sped down the hill. I slammed on the brakes, but they failed. Even the handbrake failed. I was in a panicked state as the car crashed into the wall down the road,” he said.

House owner Khanyisile Ndlovu said she was watching TV at about 7.30 pm when she heard the loud bang.

“It sounded like a thunderstorm and we rushed outside. I was shocked to see the car resting against the wall,” said Ndlovu.

Sbu’s elder son Sifiso Dlomo said his father was a quiet and peace-loving person.“He always protected his family. He was a street vendor selling traditional attire in town. He always had time for us,” he said. He lamented the death of his younger brother whom he described as a bubbly young boy, despite being physically challenged.

Pietermaritzburg police spokesperson Lieutenant Joey Jeevan said preliminary investigations have established that the driver was still in the car when it careened down the road and crashed into the concrete wall.

She said a culpable homicide case has been registered and that the circumstances surrounding the incident are being investigated.

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