Hours after hearing they'd passed matric, mayor’s two sons killed in crash
They were driving through the Eastern Cape to visit their mother when the accident happened
Two young matriculants will be counted among those killed on our roads since December 1.
They were the sons of mayor Nomakhosazana Meth of the OR Tambo District Municipality in the Eastern Cape.
Bradley Meth, 18, and Meth’s adopted son, Ndiphelele Diko, 21, died hours after receiving their matric results. They had passed after months of studying.
They were on their way to their mother’s home when the accident occurred. A case of culpable homicide has been opened.
Provincial transport spokesperson Unathi Binqose said the pair were travelling with their cousin and a female friend when the accident occurred in the early hours of Saturday morning near Mthatha.
This incident adds two deaths to the already horrendous death toll of the festive season.
Arrive Alive’s Johan Jonck said the death toll may be around the 1,800 mark, judging from past years.
The Road Traffic Management Corporation released its initial accident report on December 20 – which reported from December 1 to 18 – showing the death toll stood then at 787.
Several phone calls to the mayor went unanswered, but a relative who did not want to be named said the four had flown back home from Port Alfred, where the mayor stayed behind to attend a matric results event at the ICC.
She said the four first drove to Dutywa to get keys for the mayor’s house. They were on their way to the home when they saw a dog in the road and swerved to avoid it. The driver lost control of the car and the vehicle overturned.
The relative said the two men, the driver and the passenger, were killed instantly.
“The other two [passengers] are so traumatised, they saw them lying there dead. The girl tried to wake them, she kept saying ‘get up, get up’, but they were dead. They [the survivors] are not coping. They say they are fine, but they are not.
“The worst thing is that he [Bradley Meth] was her [the mayor’s] last born. He was born on the January 25, he died on January 5, and he will be buried on the January 18. We were getting ready to celebrate his birthday.”
She said the mayor was devastated, “but there are people coming to her daily. She has received phone calls from everyone, even the president, to send his condolences. That has helped her.”
Meth’s spokesperson, Ayongezwa Lungisa, remembered her sons with fondness and said both boys were “very hard working” and “very excited” for their future.
“Their lives were cut short. They had great futures ahead of them. They would always accompany their mother to events, and I remember how they always wanted to know how they could help or could contribute in some way.”
Binqose said he couldn’t say with certainty which of the two young men was driving but that the Eastern Cape had a “major problem with animals on the road”.
“We are doing our utmost to ensure the animals are behind fences, which works with livestock, but with domestic animals, like in this case, it is hard to ensure dogs don’t run into the road.”
He said the two survivors had been dispatched from Nelson Mandela Academic Hospital after suffering only slight injuries.