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Sad farewell for deputy minister’s six family members who died in car crash

Suthentira Govender Senior reporter
Deputy transport minister Sindisiwe Chikunga is comforted by KZN premier Sihle Zikalala at a memorial service for her son, daughter-in-law and four grandchildren, who were killed in an accident last week.
Deputy transport minister Sindisiwe Chikunga is comforted by KZN premier Sihle Zikalala at a memorial service for her son, daughter-in-law and four grandchildren, who were killed in an accident last week.
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A memorial service was held on Monday at Durban’s cruise terminal for the son of deputy transport minister Sindisiwe Chikunga, who was killed in a car crash on the N11 near Ladysmith last week.

Khulekani Xaba, who was a planner at Transnet, his wife Zinhle and four children Nizenande, Mashiyamahle, Thapelo and Olwethu died in a head-on collision with a bakkie.

KZN premier Sihle Zikalala joined the Chikunga family at the memorial.

In his address, Zikalala said: “No words can express our pain on your loss [of] not only one member of the family but six on this now notorious stretch of the N11.

“It was former premier S’bu Ndebele who said while the living are meant to close the eyes of the dead, it is actually the dead who open the eyes of the living,” said Zikalala.

“N11 is well known for accidents. We must stop road carnage.”

He said the government at a provincial and national level must work to make the N11 safer “through a number of interventions”.

His uncle Lindelani Abraham said Xaba loved his family.

“He would take his children to different schools himself and his wife to work. He loved his children,” he said. 

Abraham described Xaba “as naturally kind” and said he was a person who was always willing to help.

TimesLIVE


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