Woman tells how she survived being thrown 67m

2012-09-18 09:37

Durban - A KwaZulu-Natal woman has spoken out about the night she miraculously survived being thrown 67m off a bridge by hijackers who wanted to prevent her from testifying against them.

Kavisha Seevnarain referred to her saviour, whom she called “the man with the blue umbrella”, saying she would always remember and thank Bongani Duma for coming to her aid after she lay with a fractured pelvis and broken ribs at the bottom of the uMkhomazi River bridge.

Seevnarain had fallen from the equivalent of a 20-storey high building and speculated that her padded anorak might have helped to slow her fall.

She told the Sunday Argus how while she was falling, she thought: “I fell, and fell, and as the water rushed closer, I thought: ‘I might be going to die, but I can fly!’”

After dragging her body out of the river and being helped by Duma, she went on to testify against the four men who had hijacked her, seeing them sentenced to long prison terms.   

It was a slow recovery but the high school teacher learned to walk again and is about to complete her MBA degree.

“It was not my time,” she said. “There was a reason I survived, and I am determined to find it.”

  • drishworth - 2012-09-18 09:45

    An amazing survival story. I'm touched and encouraged by the spirit and determination of Kavisha - I'm sure she will discover her pupose. Here is wishing you a fulfilling life.

      fredster.mania.5 - 2012-09-18 09:57


      fred.murgatroyd - 2012-09-18 10:39

      Well done, News 24, always up to the minute reporting .... this was taken word-for-word from an article in last weekend's Weekend Argus !!!!

      ann.murray.9279 - 2012-09-18 11:36

      Brilliant!! Brave lady and heroic rescuer. I would just love to know how so many criminal offences in KZN are prosecuted so quickly. They must be doing something right ... Wishing the good people in this tale a very happy future and totally the opposite for the scum that thought they were invincible!!!!

  • mihaip007 - 2012-09-18 09:47

    wow - this is indeed a wonderful outcome! Well done to you lady...

  • Jellyarse - 2012-09-18 09:52

    Praises to Bongani Duma - it just shows that in amongst the sick, corrupt and evil, there are some really good people.

  • john.turner.58760608 - 2012-09-18 09:54

    Fantastic survival and gotcha story. Also hats off to Bongani for being a good samaritan and probably saving Kavisha's life.

  • Liesbetpraat - 2012-09-18 09:55

    Well done....

  • goldwright - 2012-09-18 09:57

    Let's chuck those four hijackers over the bridge, and see how well they do. Put them in a dungeon and throw away the keys.

  • stampalex - 2012-09-18 10:02

    An amazing story - Showcases determination and compassion. To Bongani Duma... You're the kind of hero my kids would want to look up to. Well done and I hope you get to read this. To Kavisha, your determination and guts are to be admired. Strength to you. To the criminals - May you rot in hell.

  • stephan.steyn.14 - 2012-09-18 10:19

    What a wonderful story amoungst all the chaos taunting our country!!! Thank you for sharing this wonderful spirit and strength, Kavisha and good luck in your search for the reason why you survived. Our country can do with more people like you...

  • Bfoq.Za - 2012-09-18 10:20

    This is true inspiration! You go girl! You are awesome...

  • hazel.vanderwesthuizen - 2012-09-18 11:41

    Mr Duma my hero.

  • nelson.sebezela - 2012-09-18 12:02

    Amazing story, I commend the guy that helped her, we need people like Duma in this country. From: Nelson

  • thadelphukem.completely - 2012-09-18 12:23

    Kavisha, you are a true inspiration... Wishing you all the very best that life has to offer!

  • crystal.core.5 - 2012-09-18 12:25

    Amazing story from a brave South African!

  • faerrab - 2012-09-18 13:47

    Stan Lee should contact her

  • josie.russell.10 - 2012-09-20 08:11

    Lets reward the HERO who helped her - shows the good side of SA Also lets throw away the key when the swines are locked up.

  • sonstrale - 2013-06-13 23:43

    It is so nice to read something positive.

  • Gail Hayes-Bean - 2013-06-14 14:42

    A truly uplifting story - when you are a 5%er you realise how much you have to be grateful for and that although there are bad people out there there are also good people and while there is life there is a chance of survival. I too believe that I was spared for a reason and found that reason and have learned to live in faith and not fear because we all have to die one day and running from potential death will not save your or your family's life. Fear of what might happen and thinking you can play God and prevent it are such a waste of time. when you could be living and thankful.

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