MEC mourns family killed in crash

2014-05-21 00:00

THE MEC for Transport, Community Safety and Liaison, Willies Mchunu, has expressed sorrow at the deaths of seven KwaZulu-Natal citizens including two employees of the provincial Department of Transport in an accident at Piet Retief, Mpumalanga province, on Saturday.

Five of the dead were family members and relatives of the late employee of the department, Zakhele Madonsela (61), with his wife, Gambu Madonsela (49), their daughter, Simangele Madonsela (27), their step-daughter, Xolisile Nkosi, and nephew, Mthobisi Buthelezi.

Both Xolisile and Mthobisi were Grade 7 learners at Ubucobuhle Primary School. The second employee of the department who died is Luke Nxumalo (61), and a pensioner, Phathelaphi Mayisela (72). Mchunu said preliminary reports indicate that a white Nissan Hard Body single cab bakkie carrying nine occupants including the driver was travelling along the N2 from Piet Retief to Pongola.

All those who died come from an area called KwaMabophe, in Pongola.

The two survivors are hospitalised at Itshelejuba, near Pongola.

The funeral will be held on Saturday.

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