Horse-play caused freak accident that killed voter

2014-05-09 00:00

CASTING her vote was the last act a Pietermaritzburg woman performed before she was knocked down and killed in a freak accident believed to have been caused by horse-play on Wednesday.

Her granddaughter (4) escaped with minor injuries.

Agness Juba Ndlela (65) had just finished voting in the Smero area near Edendale when she and her granddaughter Sanelisiwe (4) were knocked down by a taxi parked outside the voting station.

The Witness understands that the taxi driver and a friend were playing around, chasing each other with a stick while the taxi was parked with its engine off. The friend allegedly touched the key in the ignition and seemingly turned on the engine.

The taxi was in gear, which made it lurch forward, knocking down Ndlela and her granddaughter as they passed in front of it. Ndlela was holding her granddaughter’s hand, and the taxi went over both of them.

Mduduzi Ndlovu, who was at the voting station at the time, told The Witness they had to lift the taxi up to try and pull them out.

“Everyone was screaming for help. Luckily the child was not injured, but she was also under the taxi screaming … No one expected it and everyone was asking how it happened.

“Many people helped to lift up the taxi and Ndlela was rushed to hospital. Sadly, she died on arrival,” said Ndlovu.

When The Witness visited the family’s home, Sanelisiwe was in the kitchen playing and singing lullabies while the neighbours, family and friends gathered in the house to mourn the death of her grandmother.

Ndlela had three grown sons, Sipho, Sifiso and Sanele. They described her as a peace-loving person.

Sipho Ndlela, her eldest son said. “She taught us respect and to not be loiterers on the street, which helped us not to abuse alcohol and smoke.”

He said they were saddened by their mother’s death as she had just cast what turned out to be her last vote. He said the family were hurt that the person believed to be a suspect was not arrested.

Her husband Elijah said, “She was in happy spirits on Wednesday morning and was looking forward to voting.”

Police spokesperson Captain Thulani Zwane said Plessislaer police are investigating a case of culpable homicide.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.