Condolences pour in for ANC crash vic­tim

The Star Early Edition - - POLITICS - MAY­I­BONGWE MAQHINA

CONDOLENCES were still pour­ing in late yes­ter­day for ANC MP Ti­mothy Khoza, who died when he and col­leagues were in­volved in a car crash near Paarl in the Western Cape.

Khoza, a mem­ber of the ba­sic ed­u­ca­tion port­fo­lio com­mit­tee, was trav­el­ling to con­duct over­sight vis­its at var­i­ous schools when the accident oc­cured.

The ANC’s No­ma­lun­gelo Gina, DA’s Ian Ol­lis and UDM’s Cynthia Ma­jeke were in­jured, and were rushed to the Paarl Medi-Clinic. Gina is chair­per­son of the port­fo­lio com­mit­tee.

ER24 said when paramedics ar­rived at the scene, the ve­hi­cle car­ry­ing the MPs was on its roof at the side of the road. A minibus taxi was found in the mid­dle of the road fac­ing on­com­ing traf­fic.

“Eight other pa­tients were found on the scene with in­juries rang­ing from mi­nor to se­ri­ous. They were treated and the se­ri­ously in­jured pro­vided with ad­vanced life sup­port,” ER24’s Rus­sel Meir­ing said.

Par­lia­ment ex­pressed shock at the in­ci­dent and sent condolences. “We con­vey our deep­est condolences to the fam­ily of Com­rade Khoza, the ANC as well as his fel­low mem­bers and staff who worked with him,” said Deputy Speaker Lech­esa Tsenoli.

Tsenoli, who vis­ited the other MPs in hos­pi­tal, said “thoughts and prayers” were also with the trio and the oc­cu­pants of the other ve­hi­cle in­volved in the crash for their speedy re­cov­ery.

Khoza died “in the line of duty, serv­ing his coun­try and his peo­ple”, said ANC spokesman Zizi Kodwa.

IFP chief whip Narend Singh said: “On be­half of our leader, Prince Man­go­suthu Buthelezi, MP, we ex­tend our heart­felt condolences.”

DA chief whip John Steen­huisen said his party was “shocked and deeply sad­dened”.

MOURNED: ANC MP Ti­mothy Khoza died ‘serv­ing his coun­try’.

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