Doctor killed in crash hailed a ‘selfless man’

2016-04-20 11:52
Dr Lesego ‘Les’ Chokoe, who died in the Greyling Street crash on Sunday morning.

Dr Lesego ‘Les’ Chokoe, who died in the Greyling Street crash on Sunday morning. (Facebook)

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Pietermaritzburg - Pietermaritzburg doctor Lesego “Les” Chokoe, who died at the weekend in a car crash, has been hailed as a selfless man who had family values at heart.

The 34-year-old doctor died after the vehicle he was travelling in with four other people plunged into a river off Greyling Street.

Three people died in the accident while two others were admitted to hospital.

Yesterday family, friends and colleagues paid tribute to Chokoe at the House of Glory church in Westgate. The KZN MEC for Health Sibongiseni Dhlomo also arrived at the service.

Chokoe’s mother Doris, who lives in Pretoria said she became “frustrated” when she heard about her son’s death.

She said Lesogo was a good son who took care of the family, even assisting his sister with university fees.

“I’m out of words. It feels like I’m on another planet. It’s a like I’m in a dream,” said the grieving mother.

“This situation is unbearable for me to deal with as I just lost my husband a year ago.

“One thing I’m proud to have taught my son is respect. I taught him to respect both young and elderly people.

“He always worked hard and I remember telling him that he works hard as if he is going to die tomorrow, and today he has died,” she said.

She said she is proud that her son had saved lives.

“I was approached by a certain lady yesterday who told me that she is alive because of my son. Lesogo saved her life. I’m proud of him.”

Lesego’s friend Dr Mangana Makhumisane said he had lost a good friend.

“He was a selfless man. To him family came first above everything else,” he said.

Dhlomo said, “It is a sad occasion for us as the department that we lost another young doctor. Normally doctors retire at the age of 75 because we don’t have sufficient doctors in the province. However, in this case we were still looking for another 45 years for him to practise as a doctor.

“One lost doctor is too many,” Dhlomo said.

• thabang.mathebula@witness.co.za

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