Pretoria bride dies in car crash six months after wedding

2019-05-10 15:16
Kayla and Andre Burger married in November 2018. (PHOTO: Facebook)

Kayla and Andre Burger married in November 2018. (PHOTO: Facebook)

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Six months after the young dietician married the love of her life, she died after a horrific accident just 2km from her home.

It was an ordinary Friday afternoon when they called her husband, Andre (27).

“I heard there was an accident and that I should come,” he says.

Kayla Burger (24) from Pretoria was travelling home when a bus carrying passengers allegedly jumped a red traffic light and crashed into her Volkswagen Polo on 3 May.

Andre, an alarm technician, was in Nelspruit for work when he got the news.

“You have hope that everything will be okay,” he says.

Kayla was rushed to the Life Eugene Marais Hospital in a critical condition. She died five days later, on 8 May, due to severe head injuries.

“We got married on 23 November last year. We still dreamed of emigrating to Ireland, living on a farm with a lot of dogs and having two kids,” he says.

When YOU contacted Andre a day after her tragic death, it was as if it hadn’t sunk in yet that his wife is gone forever.

Kayla and Andre Burger married in November 2018. (

“Since I was a little boy I used to say that things happen for a reason, but it’s different when it happens to you,” Andre says.

“We were together for three-and-a-half years, married for six months. She’s the type of person who’d do anything for anyone. The one who’d bring stray animals home”

Elmien Griessel, Kayla’s mother, couldn’t hold back her tears when speaking of her daughter, who was so suddenly taken from them.

In April, Kayla recorded more than one video in which she speaks of depression and other aspects of the importance of mental health.

Her mother says Kayla suffered from bipolar disorder and wanted to help others through her experiences.

“Kayla was such a lovely child. She cared deeply for animals and people. How is it that someone can be taken away just like that?” Elmien sobs.

The accident took place at the traffic light on the corner of Soutpansberg and Steve Biko roads in Moot.

“The bus should have stopped. She had right of way because the arrow was green. She was 2km from home. Something must be done to bus drivers who drive as they please. People should stand together. It can’t continue like this.

“How many more lives? Kayla couldn’t have died without reason.”

Elmien says several of the standing passengers in the bus were also injured.

“He hit Kayla on the passenger’s side of the car. She was wearing her seatbelt but her head hit the side of the car quite hard.

“They called us from the scene and told us to go to Eugene Marais Hospital.

“She looked bad. So many people came to the hospital to pray for her but it was in vain. . . We decided to donate her organs. It was difficult.”

Elmien says Andre and Kayla had a real farm wedding last year.









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