South Africa will never forget the accident that took the lives of Amapinao artists Sakhile “Killer Kau” Hlatshwayo, Mongezi” Mpura” Stuurman, Khanya “The Voice” Hadebe, DJ Thando Tot and TD on 7 August 2021.
The accident left six people dead and one survivor. The sole survivor of the tragic accident and economics student Peloyame Segatle has since broken her silence on that tragic night.
She penned her thought on social media and also opened up on YouTube show, Unpacked with Relebogile.
Peloyame was close friends with Khanya and has taken to social media to express how she misses their friendship.
“I miss seeing your smile, I miss your hugs, I miss the long conversations we used to have, I miss hearing your laugh, I miss hearing the jokes you'd always tell us to make us laugh and to cheer us up. I miss all of that and so much more. I'm going to miss us having games night, the movie nights we had and how you would always make us play Master Chef in the AM's after groove. How I'd complain saying 'Awoa Voice you made us drive past McDonald's just so we can cook at 3AM. after groove' But I'd always end up laughing and helping you cook in the kitchen. The truth is playing Master Chef with you after groove was one of my favourite things to do with you and I'm going to miss doing that,” she wrote on social media.
The North West born student shared details with Unpacked with Relebogile from the night before the accident. She says the crash happened while she was asleep, and she doesn’t remember much or when Killer Kau joined them on the trip.
She met Khanya at a club in Braamfontein one night out and she wasn’t aware that he was a DJ.
“I thought we were just partying as friends. From there onwards we became closer and we would go to gigs, movie nights and game nights together,” she says.
A day before the accident Voice called Peloyame and invited her to multiple gigs they had over the weekend.
“I said okay. He asked me to pack some clothes for two to three day,” she shares.
“On the day, he requested an Uber for me and tracked the entire ride until his apartment. We went to Pretoria, all singing and making jokes in the car. Mpura, Voice and I arrived at Propaganda in Pretoria. Later on the boys fetched me upstairs, we needed to leave.”
Peloyame says she met all the guys that night through Khanya.
“I met everyone on the night, except for Voice.” On the way to Rustenburg, she says they were making jokes in the car and singing. "Eventually I told Voice I was tired and wanted to sleep. He said I can sleep on his shoulder, and he will wake me up when we arrive at our destination, and I fell asleep.”
Peloyame does not remember whether Thando or TD were driving but fell asleep and woke up in ICU.
“When I woke up, I assumed we would all be in the same hospital because we were all in the same car,” she says.
“I woke up confused, I didn’t understand why I was in hospital. The last thing I remember was being in the car. My family came to check up on me, but I don’t remember this happening. But one of the first people I remember seeing was my dad.”
She remembers there was a nurse who came to give her medication and food who left her phone by her bedside on google search.
“That’s when I saw my name, Mpura’s name, Killer, Thando and everybody’s name and I was confused why we were on the internet.”
But she waited for the boys to explain what happened. She says her family protected her from finding out while still in hospital.
“I was in ICU for a month and in that time, no one said that in the beginning. One day I was watching TV, I saw someone say Mpura was a funny man. I didn’t understand. I was trying to piece the puzzle together. I don’t even know when the boys picked up Killer Kau. That’s when I demanded to see Voice and that they transfer my ward and that’s when they told me we were involved in a very bad car accident and I was the sole survivor.”
In the accident, Peloyame fractured her hip, ribs, had internal bleeding, lacerated a kidney and liver and had a hematoma that got infected among many other injuries.
“My head hit something and it opened my skin. Nothing like a brain injury but it caused trauma to my skin.”
She found out that everyone was buried three weeks ago.
“I was heavily sedated with medication.”
Peloyame wrote on social media that after hearing about the incident, she cried for weeks.
"Losing you shattered my heart. What utterly broke me into pieces is that we were together that night having fun then I woke up one day in the hospital and everything stopped,” she says.
Never in a million years would she have thought that would be her last day on earth Thando.
“My last memory with you is my favourite memory. Seeing you do what you loved and seeing how passionate you were about it made me so happy. Seeing you smile, dance and having a good time on stage with Mpura warmed my heart. Seeing you thrive in your element, hearing you laugh and seeing you happy that night really warmed my heart,” she says.
“We were happy, laughing and smiling with everyone in the car that night. It really hurts that I'm never going see you again my friend, but I thank God every day for blessing with the chance to see you happy, laughing and doing what you love one last time. Thank you for being a great friend, for showing me unconditional love, for caring about me, always supporting me through everything, protecting me and being my big brother. I love you and miss you so much,” she says.
“What hurt me the most was that everybody I was with that night is gone so nobody can explain what happened and even the person we collided with he is gone too, may their souls rest in peace. It really hurt that there isn't a single soul on this planet that can tell me what happened that night.”