Griev­ing fam­ily seeks footage of fa­tal ac­ci­dent

Sunday Tribune - - NEWS - TASCHICA PIL­LAY

A DUR­BAN fam­ily is seek­ing video footage of the ac­ci­dent that claimed their daugh­ter’s life.

Sadiyah Cas­sim, 18, died on Wed­nes­day in hospi­tal, hours af­ter an ac­ci­dent in­volv­ing her ve­hi­cle and a mini-bus taxi on the M13, near the West­wood Mall.

Ac­cord­ing to a mes­sage cir­cu­lat­ing on so­cial me­dia, “no mercy was shown by the taxi driver nor any of the pas­sen­gers he was trans­port­ing. He (the taxi driver) and his pas­sen­gers drove away from the scene, leav­ing her to suc­cumb to her in­juries.”

But Sadiyah’s sis­ter, Nazmeera Cas­sim, who was un­aware of the mes­sage be­ing cir­cu­lated, said it was false, adding that the driver re­mained at the scene.

“We are now try­ing to get cam­era footage from busi­nesses in the area to es­tab­lish how the ac­ci­dent hap­pened,” said Cas­sim.

She said her sis­ter, an ac­count­ing stu­dent, was re­turn­ing from Var­sity Col­lege when the ac­ci­dent oc­curred on Tues­day af­ter­noon.

She said shortly af­ter the ac­ci­dent her grand­par­ents, Mariam and Is­mail Rahi­man, who were driv­ing pass, saw it was Sadiyah’s car.

“One of the pas­sen­gers from the taxi was try­ing to help my sis­ter. My grand­par­ents spoke to Sadiyah who re­sponded by nod­ding,” she said.

She said the fam­ily were bat­tling to ac­cept the loss of their “baby”.

“She was the light and love of the fam­ily. She was self­less and loved un­con­di­tion­ally. She al­ways put every­body else first,” said Cas­sim.

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