TWO bikers killed in horror smash

2012-06-19 00:00

TWO bikers killed on Sunday in a horror smash that claimed seven lives near Umdloti were the best of friends who lived a street apart.

And one of them, 39-year-old Jonathan Julius, had celebrated a wedding anniversary in Chatsworth the night before his death with fellow members of the Revolution Motorcycle Club.

Julius and friend Peet Viljoen (40) were among seven people killed in the morning crash on the M4 on Father’s Day when their bikes struck a car, which burst into flames, consuming all five occupants of the vehicle.

Those in the vehicle were Harry Naicker (67), his daughter, Veni Roopnarain (42), and her children, Ashlen (22) and Criselda (19), and their cousin, Jodash Naicker (four).

Yesterday Clive Pillay, president of the motorcycle club, said that the pair had gone out on a breakfast run from Durban to Ballito.

They were due to return in the afternoon to spend the day with family at Blue Lagoon.

“Their wives are just devastated,” said Pillay, who is acting as a spokesperson for the families.

Julius, an engineer in the maritime industry, and his wife, Veronica, had moved up about two years ago from Cape Town with their three-year-old son, Jamie.

Viljoen, married to Petro, was a panel beater and mechanic for a trucking company and was also relatively new to Durban, having hailed originally from Johannesburg. The couple had no children.

Pillay said both men were experienced riders who — when on their bikes in club colours — were bound by strict codes of discipline that forbade reckless behaviour.

“There’s been lots of speculation they were racing, but it’s not true. It was an outing. Racing would have been contrary to our policy as a club.”

Pillay said a service would be held in Merebank on Saturday morning for both men.

The five family members in the vehicle were burnt beyond recognition.

They were on their way to Red­hill Cemetery to pay their respects to Veni Roopnarain’s husband, Ashwin (42), who was killed in an accident about two years ago on the same stretch of road.


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