Plans for crash house

2015-02-03 00:00

THE owners of the Imbali house that was the scene of last Wednesday’s tragic crash are still trying to make sense of the fact that seven children died on their property.

On the day of the accident, Sibusiso Ngubeni, who works for the provincial public service training academy in the Office of the Premier, and his wife Lungile, a teacher, had to send their three children to spend the night at a nearby relative’s home.

He told The Witness that he and his wife had to sleep in the outbuilding on the night of the accident.

They were shocked when they arrived home on Wednesday and saw the state of their home. “It saddened me that children died here. The blood splattered all over the wrecked building was really horrific,” he said.

“The structure of the house was completely damaged. Major damage was also done to the lounge, bedroom and kitchen, which have to be completely demolished and rebuilt.”

Ngubeni added that they’ve owned the house for about 10 years. “At the moment the contractor is assessing the damage, but I’ve learnt that the house has to be demolished.”

He said complaints had been raised about the road before.

“Drivers often lose control on this road because it’s very steep, with a sharp bend.”

He said the families of the deceased have performed their respective religious and cultural rituals at the house.

“We will also cleanse the house when the time is right. Rebuilding the house will take months, contents will take a few years to replace and emotions will last forever,” he said.

Msunduzi Mayor Chris Ndlela, together with a private business and the Correctional Services Department, had offered a helping hand, but had stepped back because the insurance company had taken over the matter, said Ngubeni.

A contractor on site, who asked not to be named, said the house was valued at about R600 000.

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