The Office of the Premier announced on Sunday, that the families of those who lost their lives in a tragic accident involving KwaZulu-Natal Premier Senzo Mchunu’s ‘blue light convoy’ will receive assistance from government to help bury their loved ones.
Senzo Mchunu’s blue light vehicle got involved in a fatal crash on the N2 near the coastal village of Zinkwazi on Friday night leading to the death of two persons.
The two women who were travelling in a Toyota Yaris collided with a Ford Ranger bakkie, which was part of Mchunu’s VIP support contingent.
Painfully, the women died at the scene of the accident at about 7.30pm while occupants of the VIP vehicle sustained minor injuries.
Meanwhile, spokesperson in the office of the Premier, Ndabezinhle Sibiya has released the names of the two victims. He gave their names as Buyi Hadebe and Nonto Xulu, both in their 30s, and both from Empangeni in Northern KwaZulu-Natal.
Moving on, Sibiya said Senzo Mchunu has met with the families of the victims in KwaMbonambi and Mhlathuze in Empangeni on Sunday.
He expressed sadness over the painful incidence on. “We are saddened by the passing away of Ms Buyi Hadebe and Ms Nonto Ximba.”
He added that “our priority is to provide counselling to the families, especially children that have been traumatized after losing their mothers.”
The premier further stated that assistance is on the way to help co-ordinate government’s intervention.
“A team of officials from human rights unit and the office of status of women and children unit in the Office of the Premier in my office will assist in the co-ordination of government’s interventions.”
He added that the Road Accident Fund would be ready to assist families with lodging claims, including those who were injured.
“Our main focus is to ensure that the children of the victims are not left destitute and that they have a brighter future. RAF has undertaken to process the loss of income claim for the children as they depended on their mothers for financial support,” said Mchunu.
Mchunu also thanked religious bodies who have identified with him by offering to pray for the families of the deceased.
“We welcome the support from religious leaders who have offered to join me to pray for the families during this difficult period. We will also visit the families of the victims who are still in hospital,” he said.
He also called on ‘credible witnesses’ of the accident to speak up and help the police in the investigation.
Mchunu added that he has liaised with the MEC for transport and community safety since the accidents were reported to him. And that he has undertaken to allow law enforcement officers to do their work diligently.
He said the details of the funerals would be made known at a later stage. Mchunu, who also hails from Empangeni was not in the blue light motorcade when the accident occurred.