Gwagwas slowly pick up the pieces

2013-01-30 00:00

THE Gwagwa family in kwaPata is slowly picking up the pieces after their home was flattened by a municipal garbage truck on Saturday morning.

Owner Nomzamo Gwagwa, who has been given time off work, said the municipality offered to help rebuild their home.

“Some men arrived today and told us that they will fix the house. But first they will have to completely demolish it. For them to start working, they said I would have to give them the building plans, which I don’t have.”

Gwagwa’s great-granddaughter, Asikhokuhle Gwagwa (three), who was one of five people injured in the incident, was still recuperating, she said.

It was the second time in four years that the family’s home was hit by a municipal vehicle. Their bakkie was also destroyed.

Yesterday, Msunduzi municipal spokesperson Brian Zuma said disaster management had been to the family to deliver emergency relief in the form of food parcels, 10 mattresses and blankets, a tent and a stove.

“Through our insurance, we are also trying to find alternative accommodation and a vehicle for them. We will also rebuild their home from scratch and replace all of the furniture that was damaged,” said Zuma.

Lindokuhle Sithole (10) was also injured in the accident. He was in a car with his grandparents, Mduduzi and Zandile Sithole, when the truck smashed into the car before ploughing into the house.

“The truck came from the right-hand side. I was looking ahead and I did not see it coming,” Mduduzi Sithole said yesterday.

“It hit us in front. Luckily, we were wearing our seat belts. I became dizzy and I tried to get out by opening the door, but I couldn’t. Some men came and helped us out of the car,” he said.

Regarding the Sithole’s car, Zuma said that when the accident report was completed, the responsible party would then have to pay.

The three municipal workers who were in the truck when it was suspected to have suffered a brake failure were still recovering in hospital, said Zuma. A case of reckless and negligent driving was being investigated.

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