Horror end to Durban wedding party

2012-10-15 09:17

Durban - A group of friends celebrating the wedding of a couple they had all known since primary school ended horribly when two couples were killed as they returned to their guesthouse after the reception.

A truck collided with the car of married couples Alri and Michael-John Bezuidenhout and Lundie and Ian Angles on KwaZulu-Natal’s North Coast, reported the Sunday Tribune.

Friends and family were shocked to hear the news of their death.

“The wedding of their friends, Janine and Pieter Turner, was beautiful and Alri and Lundie looked lovely.

They had all been friends since primary school,” said Rina du Plessis, mother of Alri.

The parents of Michael-John, Willa and Michael Bezuidenhout, were heartbroken.

“We adopted him when he was a month old. He was our everything, and now he is just gone. God lent him to us for 30 years; it is unbelievable,” said an emotional Willa.

“My son loved to play golf and I was his favourite partner. Being his father has given me the best years of my life,” said Michael-John’s father, also called Michael.

 “My daughter came down from Secunda for the wedding, and because it is her birthday on Wednesday, we were going to celebrate with lunch at the beach, her favourite place,” said Lundie’s mother, Doreen van Niekerk.

Lundie, Ian and Michael-John died on impact and Alri died later in hospital.

The accident happened at an unlit intersection in Stanger and the truck driver was not injured.

The Angles leave behind a 4-year-old daughter.

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  • bloulig.brigadeer.3 - 2012-10-15 09:23

    Wow... This is very sad indeed... :( Condolences to the family and friends. God has them now....

      janice.mcmaster.92 - 2012-10-15 09:40

      Horrible horrible news!

      justice.ubuntu - 2012-10-15 09:57

      sorry for gatecrashing your comment but wanted this upfront to make a point... very sad news indeed and condolences to the families... however... shocking and disgusting that NEWS24 still let's their vulture sensation-trolling links remain asking at the end of this and every story they publish "Were you there? Send us your eyewitness accounts"... For pities sake can't this website demonstrate SOME decorum and dignity and NOT beg for photos and eyewitness accounts to this and other tragic events...?? Do you editors have no shame and no limits to which you will stoop in the face of such personal tragedy...? Is this what journalism and 'news' in South Africa has become...? Heaven help us..!!

      gerald.umraw - 2012-10-15 10:03

      I worked with Michael at the Road Accident Fund for many years and it has come as shock to hear about his passing. He was kind, funny and full of life. Rest in peace brother, and may God give his family the stength they need to deal with this tragic loss.

      vambozha.mutemi.9 - 2012-10-15 14:27

      so sad

      rohin.jadin - 2012-10-15 20:33

      @Snackman - understand where you're coming from but this is a standard template where the story gets copy and pasted - they're not going to go through each story to remove a standard footer - it's not meant in any disrespectful way (and i dont' stand up for much - but this time I will)

      Soet.Engeltjie - 2012-10-16 11:32

      My sincere condolences to their family and friends.

      justice.ubuntu - 2012-10-16 12:32

      Rohin... As you're entitled to... But, with respect, I disagree with you... This is a programming issue... really not any effort or problem whatsoever... all that needs to be done is... when publishing the articles... have a tick-box or radio button for the editors to select whether or not to include the ubiquitous plea for news/eyewitness/accounts/photos from or about any story... simple... The fact is they COULD do something is there was a WILL to do something... and anything else is simply as excuse... and until then I will assert that they are going for the lowest common denominator... they are seeking to sensationalise the personal tragedy of unfortunate victims of circumstance and/or crime... online gutter press... no more no less... prove me wrong by adjusting the publishing programme... until then... i am right and the news24 editor is WRONG...!!

  • israel.maseko.5 - 2012-10-15 09:29

    Very sad!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • lovenergy - 2012-10-15 09:29

    This happened in Ballito not stanger. May these families find peace, such a tragedy.

  • peter.t.solomon - 2012-10-15 09:31

    Is there a way to avoid an accident with a truck, even if it leaves you with minor injuries instead of death?

      richard.t.holman - 2012-10-15 09:53

      An accident is an accident, there is no way of predicting what the outcome will be. If there was then we would have far less deaths on our roads. Always be extra cautious, and don't take risks.

      thando.gqabaza - 2012-10-15 14:41

      MAybe if these truck drivers drive a bit slower ....

      deon.louw.7505 - 2012-10-15 15:42

      Even the best cars get smashed when a truck runs over you. When it is your time it is your time.

  • mrp721 - 2012-10-15 09:58

    Very sad :-( Condolences to the family and friends... May they RIP...

  • Rinnewien - 2012-10-15 10:04

    What what a sad incident!I oject to send us your eye witness accounts. What happened to dignity, respect and sensitivity?

  • clive.toerien - 2012-10-15 10:06

    RIP may God be with there family

  • delish7564 - 2012-10-15 10:07

    What a sad start to a Monday with this, the Macassar accident and the deaths yesterday from the tour boat. R.I.P. To all those who have lost friends and loved ones, I hope you find peace in trying to come to terms with this.

  • ReneBerndt651010 - 2012-10-15 10:15

    For that reason and others..........most first world countries have a "no trucks on the roads after dark policy or Law", hence the most amazing, clean and peaceful truck-stops! Here the companies and the drivers "drive" themselves to a standstill, no rest......and the result people in cars STAND NO CHANCE!!!!! The driver is rarely seriously injured or dead! Culpable homocide.......Whoooopeeeeee! and life goes on!!!

      PumaFred - 2012-10-15 10:22

      Which first world countries?

      khethu.ndlovu.3 - 2012-10-15 10:29

      Ja! Please tell us, which one?

      rodney.bevan.58 - 2012-10-15 11:40

      Strange rant you just had, I know of no country, 1st world or otherwise that bans trucks after dark. Most do force the driver to take a break after 8 hours by using the tachometer and hammering any driver who ignores this rule.

      bibi.vanzyl - 2012-10-15 11:47

      In France the trucks are not allowed to drive at night.

      rodney.louis.7 - 2012-10-15 13:03

      Rene have u been out of SA ??

      louwhan.hoffmann - 2012-10-15 13:10

      In Europe no trucks are allowed to circulate on weekends.

      althea.meintjies - 2012-10-15 15:45

      In Germany too

      jerry.pres - 2012-10-15 19:44

      In Czech Republic too

      wendy.barnett.1238 - 2012-10-16 06:48

      Australia too

      chad.flores.1612 - 2012-10-16 07:15

      Odd, Rene. R u serious that certain first world countries do not allow trucks after night on the roads and did South-Africa had this law in previous years?

      Amandie van der Merwe - 2013-08-13 14:07

      Altough that seems like an alternative, one should realize that everything you consume on a daily basis is carried by these trucks. When you go to Woollies or Spar or Pick n Pay you insist on fresh consumeables from very early in the morning. If your vehicle goes for a service you want the part ready and available at the click of your fingers! The trucks are what keep our economy going. More policing and drivers who don't buy licenses as well as road worthy vehicles and less drinking and driving and the feeling everybody has that they are the king and queen on the road would also help. Start stopping at Stop signs and brake when the traffic light turns orange-- all of that would help. Fixing our roads would also go a far way.Condolences to families!

  • khethu.ndlovu.3 - 2012-10-15 10:26

    Now this is so sad, may God's everlasting peace be with them.

  • shaunkerav.singh - 2012-10-15 10:31

    It is so sad to hear the passing away of a good friend and collegue.I had worked with Michael in the past for RAF in Durban.He will be missed.My condolances goes out to his family.

      chantell.swart.1 - 2012-10-15 13:09

      Lundie en Ian. Dit was vir my 'n groot skok gewees toe ek dit gehoor het. Rus in vrede, ons sal mekaar weer sien! Julle is 2 pragtige mensies gewees gaan julle mis! Sal al die mooi en fun dinge wat ons saam gedoen het altyd bewaar soos goud!

      chantell.swart.1 - 2012-10-15 13:11

      Vir die familie en ander vriende van die paartjies. Julle is in ons gedagtes en gebede. Mag God julle dra in hierdie hartseer tyd!

      chantell.swart.1 - 2012-10-15 22:15

      Wie jy ookal mag wees wie thumbs down gewys het op my comments.... Mag ons God met jou werk....want hyt nie 'n hart nie en is 'n gevoeloose mens! Gaan speel in die parkie jou ongevoelose ding!!!!

  • Hemlock - 2012-10-15 10:44

    So terribly tragic and sad. RIP - condolences to family and loved ones.

  • Debbie Weitz - 2012-10-15 10:55

    This is so sad, what a trajedy mm

  • rgspray - 2012-10-15 11:12

    A terrible end to a lovely celebration. May God give peace, comfort and console the families and friends of both parties. Our deep condolences. I know that God is ever in control and He is able to carry you through this dark chapter of your lives. Pastor Rodney and Zuzette Spray

      Dawn Campbell Gibson - 2012-10-15 11:34

      Yes, he is ever in control - WHERE was he during the accident?

      Cherri - 2012-10-15 13:18

      Dawn, if you have nothing good to say, rather keep quiet.

      Dawn Campbell Gibson - 2012-10-15 13:26

      Cherri - I feel for the people who lost their lives and the ones left behind. It is tragic. Why the hell people must always bring god into such tragedies, is beyond comprehension.

      thando.gqabaza - 2012-10-15 14:43

      Even here you atheists must come and debate ?

      nerinek - 2012-10-15 22:40

      @Dawn, some people bring God into such tragedies because of their religion... I think that asking a person where He was might not give you the correct answer, why don't you ask Him yourself... I'm no "Christian" but I am sure you can respect other peoples believes just as you would want them to respect yours...

  • thadelphukem.completely - 2012-10-15 11:39

    OMG this is such a tragic loss of life!!! May you all rest in peace... My thoughts and prayers are with their 4 year old daughter... So very, very sad!

  • bongeka.mncwango - 2012-10-15 11:47

    so sad,may they RIP

  • irma.white.9 - 2012-10-15 12:08

    Tragic. RIP.

  • melanie.gardner.7528 - 2012-10-15 12:20

    sincere condolences

  • Khomotso - 2012-10-15 12:52

    Tragic. May their souls RIP

  • MC - 2012-10-15 13:02

    Another truck driver that will get away with murder. No accountability just a family left to pick up the pieces. Very,Very sad time for the family.

  • rajiv.ishwar - 2012-10-15 13:21

    ANC led Government & Minister of ploice: Metro & other traffic police should prevent such horrors by addressing unroadworthy vehicles, incompetent truck & taxi drivers, rather the trapping law-abiding citizens traveling slightly over the speed limit safe road and in safe cars that were built to travel much faster.

  • maureen.churchill.9 - 2012-10-15 13:37

    Heart-breaking tragedy, condolences to the families and friends. The pain in your hearts must be unbearable.

  • khathu.rasi - 2012-10-15 14:51

    It just shows us that death is unpredictable, RIP, u can laf now tomorrow u r gone

  • motleleng - 2012-10-15 15:06


  • tracy.g.basson - 2012-10-15 15:42

    So very very tragic. Its a sad fact that the only way to drive in SA is defensively. Expect the unexpected. Expect the taxi or truck to skip the red robot, expect them to overtake on a solid line. Rather slow down and let them do it, than try cut them off and get taken out. Its a sad state of affairs that everyday we drive on the roads is a dance with death. Condolences to the family - such heartache that could've been avoided.

      Mike Mbongolo Purchase - 2012-10-15 20:35

      I agree Tracey in africa everything works back to front,red means go,green means stop etc etc.

  • deon.louw.7505 - 2012-10-15 15:45

    I have a dream. No more road deaths. One day all vehicles will be stationary and the roads will move, maybe in 70 years?

      althea.meintjies - 2012-10-15 15:47

      Excellent Dream Deon!

  • malcolm.stevens.129 - 2012-10-15 16:33

    Very sad. My condolences to their family and friends.

  • patrick.makgeledise - 2012-10-15 17:34

    Thats terrible, no one deserve to die like that. Why can't we obey road rules? I mean its so simple,huh *sad*

  • madeleine.mills - 2012-10-15 19:18

    One question : How on earth can a comment like "very sad" get a thumbs down?! Even "Horrible news" got 2 thumbs down. What is wrong with people!

      nerinek - 2012-10-15 22:42

      I just wish that they would be adult enough to say their say and not just click on the hands down... I also think that there are people out there just trying to pee us off by clicking on them...

      madeleine.mills - 2012-10-16 19:13

      Imagine how empty their lives must be if this is their only form of entertainment! Shame. I actually feel sorry for them now. ...........

  • sandra.viviers - 2012-10-15 19:43

    What a very sad story. My condolences to Ian's children, sister Tessa and family.

  • rohin.jadin - 2012-10-15 20:32

    If it's my time to go, I'll be happy to go with my best mates at my side. RIP and may your daughter find solace in the love of your family.

  • Mike Mbongolo Purchase - 2012-10-15 20:33

    My sincere condolences.Was this an accident or an arrogant truck driver again,just look how they drive,sue the swine.

  • mike.jankelowitz - 2012-10-15 20:55

    How very sad. Condolences to all the families and friends. It is never understood why these horrofic things occur but there is a design and perhsp these Souls were required to be somewhere else to bring about good things in other ways. Deepest sympathy.

  • catherine.edwards.9235 - 2012-10-15 23:10

    Botswana have a "no trucks after dark" policy, I know it isn't First World but SA ought to take a leaf...R.I.P.

  • bheki.shabangu.10 - 2012-10-16 04:32

    What a Sad Story.RIP

  • fatimah.mavuso - 2012-10-16 05:03

    unbelievable shame

  • dave.dkay1 - 2012-10-16 07:47

    Such a pain to the family

  • cher.heystek - 2012-10-16 09:22

    Another little one who will grow up without her mommy and daddy...

  • lorette.schotter - 2012-10-16 09:44

    Condolences to the families. If only the railway infrastructure had been maintained there would be less trucks on the road!!!

  • patience.mtshali.75 - 2012-10-16 11:44

    what a tragedy,may their soul rest in peace.

  • yolandansimbi - 2012-10-16 14:28

    This is heartbreaking :-((

  • anita.grant.526 - 2012-10-18 06:05

    So Sad

  • Katriena.LaGrange - 2012-10-23 11:45

    So sorry for the families loss.... The innoccent dies young. And then the perpotrators keep on living another lifetime. ....

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