‘My heart is bleeding’: man’s pain at losing both wife and daughter

2017-07-20 13:55
The scene after the attack.

The scene after the attack. (Supplied )

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“My heart is bleeding. I have lost two people that were dear to me.”

Those were the heartbreaking words of Sifiso Ximba from Ntshanga, who described the pain of losing his wife and daughter on the same day.

Nondumiso Ximba (31) died in hospital and her eight-year-old daughter, Yolanda, died at the scene after they were hit by a bakkie on the N3 near the Cato Ridge off-ramp on Tuesday.

The bakkie, believed to be that of Mpumalanga Taxi Association vice-chairperson Dumisani Gwala, collided with another vehicle and veered from the roadway, hitting the mother and child.

According to police, Gwala and another executive member of the association were travelling to Pietermaritzburg when occupants of a VW Golf started shooting at them.

In an attempt to flee the shooters, Gwala veered off the road and hit the mother and child. Gwala was shot and died at the scene.

Speaking to The Witness, a distraught Ximba said he had last spoken to his wife on Monday.

“I work in Mnambithi and spoke to her on Monday night. She told me that she wanted to fetch Yolanda from Howick. She said Yolanda was complaining that she missed home and wanted to come back,” he said.

“My wife met with her sister and Yolanda in Cato Ridge. They were waiting for the aunt to take a taxi back to Howick when they were hit by the bakkie.”

Nondumiso had been working as a seamstress in the area and was described as a very loving and warm person.

“She was my everything. A very loving and supportive wife. I still cannot believe that she is gone,” said Ximba.

“I can’t even look my youngest son in the eye. What will I tell him? The pain is unbearable.”

Yolanda, a Grade 2 pupil at Ntshanga Primary school, was described as bubbly young girl.

“She was very talkative and full of life. She would always tell me that when she grows up she wanted to be a doctor. The house is a lot quieter without her.”

Ximba said he did not blame anyone for the incident.

“I don’t blame anyone. They were just at the wrong place at the wrong time. Accidents are never planned.”

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