THE KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Transport, Community Safety and Liaison, Willies Mchunu, sent his condolences to the family of KwaDukuza Taxi Association’s deputy chairperson, Bongizwe Mhlongo (41), who died in a gruesome accident over the weekend on the R614, Noodsburg Road.
Commenting on the accident, Mchunu expressed shock, saying this is yet another sad reminder that road accidents have a devastating impact in our society.
“We would like to send our deepest condolences to the Mhlongo family and to all those who lost their loved ones during the weekend, including the members of the SAPS who died in Harding,” said Mchunu.
He said according to reports, Mhlongo’s vehicle collided head-on with another car in Nsuze, in Ndwedwe, on Saturday and he died on impact. Mchunu said the driver of the other vehicle died after sustaining serious injuries.
“The other two passengers sustained injuries and were rushed to hospital for medical attention,” said Mchunu.
He said police are investigating the possible cause of the accident.
KwaDukuza Taxi Association spokesperson, Bonginhlanhla Gwala said the entire association is collectively grieving for losing someone as dedicated and committed as Mhlongo was.
“It is difficult to talk about losing Mhlongo. He was everything to the association. He was a hard working person who worked day and night for the association. There are no words that can explain the inexplicable pain that we, as an association, are feeling,” said Gwala.
Speaking to the Stanger Weekly on Tuesday morning, he said the association would be meeting with Mhlongo’s family to discuss and plan for his burial.
“This accident comes as four police officers lost their lives over the weekend in a head-on collision in Harding,” he said.
The MEC said road accidents are a serious threat to society. He urged all road users – drivers, pedestrians, bikers and cyclists – to adhere to road traffic rules and drive cautiously during the festive season.
“It is possible to have an accident free province and country, if only we put our individual and collective consciousness to it,”said Mchunu.