Head-on collision: Victims’ family struggling to cope

2016-01-27 09:16
Sandile Gasa, one of the four relatives who died in a car crash in Greytown last Friday.

Sandile Gasa, one of the four relatives who died in a car crash in Greytown last Friday. (Supplied)

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Pietermaritzburg - The family of four men killed in a head-on collision say they are battling to deal with their loss.

Bongani (51), Erick (47), Sandile (39) and Sdumo Gasa (32) — all of Ematimatolo, near Greytown — died when their car collided with a bakkie on the Greytown road on Friday night.

A relative, Velaphi Nxumalo, said he and his family were still trying to process the loss.

“My two uncles and two brothers died in the car crash,” said the audibly upset Nxumalo.

“All of them had children and families, and my uncles were the breadwinners of the family.

“We are not doing very well. To lose four members of your family is hard. Our gran is traumatised and everything is upside down.”

Nxumalo said the four were on their way to Greytown to run an errand when the accident occurred while they were travelling in the family car.

“We are still waiting for their bodies to be released, but hope we can lay them to rest this Saturday.

“We all are just trying to support each other every step of the way during this difficult time,” he said.

Police spokesperson Major Thulani Zwane said a case of culpable homicide was opened at Greytown police station.

Meanwhile, an accident involving a BMW and a Mini Cooper left three dead and three critically injured on Saturday night.

The head-on collision on the R56 near Thornville caused the Mini Cooper to burst into flames on impact, with the driver, Sibusiso Makhathini of Pietermaritzburg, dying immediately.

The BMW was carrying a family of five from Richmond to Pietermaritzburg.

The driver and a passenger died instantly, with the remaining three in a critical condition.

• chelsea.pieterse@witness.co.za

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