Volunteer dies in a horror accident

2018-05-09 06:00
Buyisile Sithole who died in an accident.PHOTO: supplied

Buyisile Sithole who died in an accident.PHOTO: supplied

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A group of youth from Imbali have been left traumatised after witnessing one of their friends lose their life in front of them.

Buyisile Sithole was one of the seven people who was run over by a car in Imbali Unit BB next to Izwilesizwe Primary School last Thursday evening.

Buyisile died at the scene while others were injured and were rushed to Edendale and Northdale hospitals. She and her friends, including Ward 17 councillor Thamsanqa Sithole, were on their way to visit a bereaved family in the area ahead of the funeral when the accident happened.

Sithole said that the community is still shocked by this accident.

He told Echo that they had just finished collecting money which they were going to give to the grieving family when they saw a car driving at a high speed towards them.

“When we saw the speed the car was travelling at we got scared, but we thought that nothing was going to happen as we were not standing on the road but under a shelter on the pavement,” Sithole said.

Sithole said that as the car got closer it seemed as if it was slowing down, but within a blink of an eye, they were run over.

“It happened so fast that we could not even escape the car. Buyisile was crying asking for help and we ran to her and tried to help her. I ran home and fetched a car. When we tried to lift her up we realised that she was seriously injured.

“We rushed to Mbalenhle Clinic to get an ambulance but there were no ambulances available. We later got a private ambulance that rushed to the scene to assist us. She survived for an hour but she later died at the scene while paramedics were busy trying to save her,” said Sithole.

Sithole said that they are devastated by the death of Buyisile as she was very helpful in the community as she was an ANC volunteer.

“We don’t want something like this to happen again in our area. We urge drivers not to drive in high speed and to be careful on the road, especially in residential areas. I am still shocked by the incident but as a leader, I have to be strong for the family and the community,”

Sithole said that they are busy working together with the Msunduzi Municipality in getting counselling for those who were injured and those who are traumatised by the incident.

It is still unclear if the driver of the car was arrested or not.
Plessislaer Police Station Captain Musa Ntombela was not reached for comment at the time of going to print. A memorial service takes place on Friday next to Shosholoza Centre at 3pm.

We do not want something like this to happen again in our area. We want urge drivers not to drive in high speed and to be careful on the road, especially in residential areas. I am still shocked by the incident but as a leader, I have to be strong for the family and the community.

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