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By Warren Mabona | Sep 29, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

IVY Mahlangu's mother and sister died three days apart - both after short illnesses.

Last Friday Ivy, 34, gave birth to a baby girl at KwaMhlanga Hospital and thought the new arrival would help ease the pain of her loss.

But her husband and three children and three of her other sister's children all died in a horror car accident while travelling to the hospital to rejoice with her and bring her and the new baby home.

Ivy's other sister Keith, 36, survived the accident and is now fighting for her life in hospital.

The latest tragedy has left Ivy devastated.

"Ivy is traumatised. She is too weak. Spiritually she is drained. She lost her husband and three children.

"Our mother died at the beginning of July and our other sister followed her three days later," said another sister, Bongi.

The family, of Kwaggafontein C in Mpumalanga, died when the bakkie in which they were travelling collided head-on with a Putco bus on the notorious Moloto Road.

Ivy's husband Raymond, 44, son Zuzumuzi, 15, daughters Noluthando, 11, and Andile, 4, perished at the scene. Keith Mahlangu's children, son Sihle, 16, and daughters Mbali Shabalala, 13, and Zinhle Shabalala, 7, also died.

"We do not know exactly what happened. We will have to wait for Keith to be better so she can tell us what happened. It was terrible.

"Our family has suffered the worst things this year. We were still mourning our mother and sister when this happened," Bongi said.

Captain Fikile Mtsweni confirmed the accident and said a case of culpable homicide had been opened.

According to Bongi, Raymond and Ivy were preparing for a formal wedding.


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