Mother in shock over son’s death

2010-10-06 00:00

AN elderly woman had to be hospitalised after the news of her son’s death in a vehicle accident in Pietermaritzburg on Monday morning caused her to go into severe shock.

Bekithemba Thabethe said his elderly mother fell ill when she was informed about the death of her younger son, Anton Xolani Thabethe, and was admitted to Edendale Hospital.

Xolani, an Avis car rental employee, died when the bakkie he was driving overturned at the junction of Sweetwaters and Upland roads. He died at the scene before the paramedics arrived.

“We had to rush my mother to Edendale Hospital where she was hospitalised.

“Although my father is not feeling well as a result of the shock, he is suffering at home,” said Thabethe.

Thabethe said his parents live at the KwaDindi area of Taylor’s Halt in Vulindlela, where Xolani also lived. His brother was the father of a one-month-old baby, and worked for Avis in Scottsville.

Thabethe said he was informed by Avis that Xolani was taking the bakkie to a client when it overturned.

“This was really shocking news, especially to my parents, who were very close to my younger brother. He was a very supportive to my parents and his child.

“We lost a wonderful person,” Thabethe said.

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