Mother wants justice for son

2018-09-27 06:00
PHOTO: suppliedSeventeen-year-old Sheppie pupil Yamkela Mdewuka was killed in the hit and run accident on September 1.

PHOTO: suppliedSeventeen-year-old Sheppie pupil Yamkela Mdewuka was killed in the hit and run accident on September 1.

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A CAR has been impounded in connection with a hit and run accident which claimed the life of Port Shepstone High School pupil Yamkela Mdewuka (17) earlier this month.

Yamkela’s mother, Nana Mdewuka, said that despite her persistent grief she has been fighting vehemently to get justice for her son since the fatal accident that took place on Saturday, September 1.

Mdewuka said that although some progress has been made with the case, the investigation has been an uphill battle.

“Getting this case opened and attended was a struggle. We received a lot of help from members of the public and for that I am very grateful,” said Mdewuka.

Yamkela’s seriously injured body was found on the side of the road on the R102 at about 7.35 pm on September 1. He was transferred to Port Shepstone Hospital and later to a Durban Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries and died.

“The teenager was found on the left-hand side of the road heading towards Port Shepstone just before the Umtentweni River Bridge on the R102 opposite Umtentweni Waterfront Motel,” said Port Shepstone SAPS spokesperson Captain Petros Mpinge.

Mdewuka said the tragedy has hit the family hard and they are comforted in the pursuit of justice for Yamkela’s life.

“I just want justice for my son’s life.

“He was only 17, he had his whole life ahead of him and he was actually coming back from studying for his exams when the accident happened.

“I know that it won’t bring him back, but his death must at least be accounted for,” said Mdewuka.

On Tuesday, September 18, Port Shepstone police confirmed that a suspect in the case had been tracked down as a result of the investigation.

“The investigation is continuing and the suspected vehicle has been impounded,” said Captain Mpinge.

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