Slipped car jack kills councillor

2011-12-05 10:47

Durban - A National Freedom Party councillor was killed when a car jack slipped and the vehicle fell on him as he was servicing it on Friday. 

Freeman Nkosephayo Maphumulo, 38, the Ugu councillor for the NFP, was underneath his car at home in Bhobhoyi outside Port Shepstone on Friday when the fatal slip happened.

Maphumulo was servicing the vehicle, which was raised on a jack, to ready it for the journey to the NFP’s first conference in Pietermaritzburg.

His younger brother, Lungisani Maphumulo, said Maphumulo was fixing the car at the back of the house while family members were busy inside the house.

Too late

“They only saw him when they were taking food to him at about 18:15 - and by then it was already too late … he was dead.”

The family are already busy making funeral arrangements.

“We are planning to bury him this coming Sunday. Our hearts are sore as nobody anticipated that something like this could happen. There is nothing we could do to stop it, it was God’s wish,” the brother added.

Maphumulo is survived by his three children, a brother and a sister.

He started his political career in the Inkatha Freedom Party as its Ugu councillor. He also served as the IFP’s Ugu District General Secretary.

He was expelled from the IFP before the NFP split and then joined the NFP after its formation.

He again became party councillor in Ugu and also served on the national structure of the NFP.

  • Facts - 2011-12-05 10:59

    Sad story, R.I.P

  • Syd - 2011-12-05 11:22

    First rule of working under a car. Do NOT rely on jacks - use axle stands. Jacks are not secure enough - not even hydraulic trolley jacks should be trusted. RIP.

      Simon - 2011-12-05 11:50

      Correct Syd. Rule #1.

      PyroSA - 2011-12-05 18:35

      One can only hope that a handful of people would learn a lesson from this.

  • Cameronl - 2011-12-05 11:24

    what a nasty way to go, I hope for his sake he was not under the car dying slowly but instead had swift an painless death. my condolences to his family

  • Gcwabe-KaMavovo - 2011-12-05 11:26

    Foul play here. Councillors usually have a number of enemies. Somebody could easily have kicked that jack.

  • Jacques - 2011-12-05 11:44

    Tresles tjom, tresles!

  • amos.mcinga - 2011-12-05 12:15

    Jacob you're naive bastard.

  • koliviersnr - 2011-12-05 12:19

    I read and can't believe what I see. People making fun of a person and the way he died is such bad taste. To add a political connotation to it is way out stupid. For crying out loud, the man was doing repairs on a car, who cares why he did it and the fact that he made wrong choices in the process. It was a tragic mistake/accident and he died!! Damn it, is that not enough pain for his family? Do they really have to put up with unfeeling posts as well? Funny enough, the low class posts mostly comes from white people. How stupid must you be not to realize you only show your lack of intelligence and integrity. It is however good to see some understanding posts, showing that we are all human. My sincere condolances with the family.

  • Travis - 2011-12-05 13:00

    RIP. This would never happen to an ANC member, they would just buy another car at the expense of the tax payer.

  • Neil - 2011-12-05 13:24

    Gods wish !!! SO that he could be crushed to death by a car ? Yeah right !

  • Craig - 2011-12-05 15:39

    Horrible, condolences.

  • Kobus - 2011-12-08 21:10

    surely they could have bought the parts and taken it to a professional for fitting? i only service things above the car, ie : inside the bonnet. anything beneath goes to supa-quick. ai, condolences to the fam, it wasnt needed ! :(

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