Cape Town – South African Deputy Transport Minister Sindisiwe Chikunga has reportedly lost six family members in a deadly car crash on the N11 in KwaZulu-Natal.
The tragic incident reportedly happened on Sunday evening between Ladysmith and Newcastle in KZN, reports said.
According to News24, a sedan and a bakkie were allegedly involved in the collision that claimed the lives of Chikunga’s son, daughter-in-law and four grandchildren.
“The deputy minister is traveling to KwaZulu-Natal to identify the remains and establish the full facts. Further details about the accident will be released once full information is established from local authorities,” the report quoted Chikunga’s spokesperson Collen Msibi as saying.
I have learnt with a deep sense of sadness on the passing of Deputy Minister, Ms Sindisiwe Chikunga’s eldest son, his wife and their four children. The crash that claimed their lives occurred in the evening of Sunday, 17 July 2022 on the N11 outside Ladysmith in KwaZulu-Natal. pic.twitter.com/BP0PP79cOr
— FIKILE MBALULA | MR FIX (@MbalulaFikile) July 19, 2022
The family pleaded for space and privacy until full facts surrounding the incident had been established.
In a statement released on his Twitter page, Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula said Chikunga’s family was involved in a head-on collision with another vehicle.
He said the driver of the other vehicle sustained serious injuries and was being treated in hospital.
“The tragic loss of a son and his entire family has left us all numb with disbelief and pain,” he said in a statement.
Road Traffic Management Corporation was set to investigate the cause of the crash and the outcome would be revealed soon.
Compiled by Olwethu Mpeshe