A horrendous accident claimed the lives of four Zimbabweans and four South Africans, including two children under the age of 10, when their vehicles collided head-on on Saturday night last week just outside Ladysmith, KwaZulu-Natal.
It is known that a Porsche SUV the Zimbabwean family was travelling in, driven by a father of two, crashed into a Toyota Fortuner SUV that belonged to the South African family on a bend.
As a result, the Porsche had caught fire and all the passengers along with the driver in it were burnt beyond recognition. They were identified as Tonderai Godfrey Sithole, 38, his wife Faith Sithole, 36, and little girls Shalom Sithole, 10, and Shekinah Sithole, 5.
Four people (parents and two children) travelling in the Toyota Fortuner also died on scene. They were identified as Dheeraj Sureshchand Singh, 41, his wife Ronithah Singh, 40, Suman Singh, 21, and Sanjana Singh, 16.
Ladysmith Public Safety, Ladysmith Fire Brigade, SAPS, RTI, KwaZulu-Natal Emergency Medical Services (KZN EMS) and mortuary services were on the scene of the accident.
Ward councillor Zakhele Myende said the area where the accident had happened was notorious for speeding vehicles.
“We don’t often have such accidents, but are aware of the issue of cars speeding at the spot where the accident happened.”
Police spokesperson Nqobile Gwala confirmed the circumstances surrounding the incident were being investigated.