Nkandla party ends with death

By Drum Digital
30 December 2013

President Jacob Zuma’s annual Christmas party for the elderly at Nkandla ended tragically when a woman died after uninvited guests caused a stampede while clamouring for gifts.

Thembekile Ntombizamani Shangase, 61, was apparently lining up to receive her gift pack when people started pushing and they fell on top of her.

She died at a local clinic at around 18:00.

The president hosts a Christmas party in his hometown at Nkandla every year, distributing food parcels, toiletries, blankets and sweets to the elderly.

The party was held at a hall near his homestead.

The presidency spokesperson Mac Maharaj in a brief statement on Sunday said Zuma extended his deepest condolences to Shangase’s family.

- News24

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