Horror accident: Mall offers trauma counselling

2012-01-26 00:00

LIBERTY Midlands Mall will be offering trauma counselling to those affected by the accident there on Monday night.

The centre management also offered their condolences to the family of Alice Jogessar, who was killed by a runaway truck that careered across the parking lot, while praising the emergency services who were on site soon after the incident occurred.

The Witness was initially told that the truck lodged in the wall of the Absa Bank branch, just metres away from where the mall stores its spare gas tanks, but yesterday it transpired that the tanks actually contain diesel. At the time, a mall staffer was quoted as saying the calamity could have been even worse.

Jogessar (69), a well known Pietermaritzburg resident and welfare worker, was killed as she left the mall following dinner with an old friend visiting from abroad.

Magimax Manufacturing, the employers of Thabiso Motseko, the truck driver, have given their injured driver glowing reports.

Magimax owner Kerry Lennon yesterday described Motseko as a calm, respectful and hard-working individual, who takes pride in everything he does.

“He has been working for the company for almost a year now and has never been involved in any trouble. He is a model worker,” said Lennon, adding that she was convinced that negligence would be ruled out as a possible cause of the accident.

Although Motseko and his co-driver Teboho Motoboli were admitted to St Anne’s hospital with broken bones, Lennon said that given the circumstances, the injuries were not serious and that the pair were recovering well.

“We spoke to him this morning and he is recovering well. He was in good spirits and has been in contact with his family here in Germiston,” said Lennon.

She ruled out the possibility of the company assisting his family in visiting him in hospital as he will be discharged before that can take place.

“We have not heard that the police will be holding him so as soon as he is discharged, we will be getting him back to Gauteng where we can give him the necessary support,” said Lennon adding that his medical bills will be paid for by workmen’s compensation.

“Although we are eager to get him back to Gauteng we will not force him to come back to work until he is ready.”

Meanwhile, Absa have said that there was extensive structural damage to the branch which ended up being flooded due to the sprinkler system being activated.

Absa’s head of security for Africa, Michael Pienaar, said the branch is currently closed as structural engineers assess the extent of the damage.

“In the meantime customers are advised to use alternative branches namely; Chatterton Road, Church Street, Longmarket [Langalibalele] Street, Hayfields and Raisethorpe,” he said.

He added that all these branches have been fully staffed and are prepared to accommodate the increased number of customers that will be coming in.

There has been another appeal for members of the public who witnessed the accident to contact the investigating officer, Warrant Officer Brett Rasmussen, at 071 607 0128.

Contact the Mall’s Minoli Chetty for more information about trauma counselling at 082 053 5008.

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