Below are some of the stories of the patients we visited on Mandela Day – 2017
Daniel Ncala – Driver
Mr Ncala was driving to Cato Ridge with his wife in the car. He was hit from behind by a speeding driver who lost control of his car. He remembers the car rolling over and nothing after that. He woke up in Grey’s hospital a few days later to be informed that his wife has passed away. Mr Ncala is now paralyzed and has been receiving treatment and counselling for the past year.
Prakash Bramdev – Pedestrian
Mr Bramdev was walking from work when he was hit from the back by a car. The car knocked him a few metres ahead and he suffered a head injury causing him to have a haemorrhage. The driver fortunately drove him to Northdale hospital to receive treatment. Mr Bramdev was wearing his uniform when the incident occurred, so the driver was able to go to his workplace to inform them what happened. He rarely recognizes faces; he cannot feed himself and his breathing very heavy. His sister told SADD his story, because he is not able to speak for himself. She visits him every day and hopes she can get brother back soon.
Sbusiso Dlamini – Driver
Mr Dlamini was on his way to Underberg for a work trip. He was a stop sign and the driver behind him was not speeding, showing no signs of slowing down and so he moved to avoid being hit. Unfortunately he did not realise that there was a car coming from his left side, and it hit him. The speeding driver overtook the crash and sped away without checking whether two drivers were okay. The other driver who hit into Mr Dlamini is alive but was transferred to another hospital. Mr Dlamini suffered a head, leg and spinal injury from the crash, but is happy to be alive.
Sihle Mbhele – Passenger
Mr Mbhele stays in Pietermaritzburg, but the incident happened on their way from Johannesburg. They were coming from an event, and the driver was drunk and refused for anyone to drive the car. Due to his intoxicated state he crashed into a tree, and all passengers in the car were hurt from the crash. Fortunately, noone died and Mr Mbhele escaped with a leg injury. He asked us for details on how he can get a wheelchair.
Bambelelisile Hadebe – Passenger
Ms Hadebe currently resides in Sweetwaters, Pietermaritzburg. She was a passenger in a car that was involved in a crash. She suffered a leg injury from the incident. She is hopeful she will get better soon
Nana Dlamini – Pedestrian
Ms Dlamini was hit by a car in the hub of Pietermaritzburg town, along with other pedestrians. The car that hit her was stationary at a traffic light and was pushed forward by a truck which had faulty brakes. She suffered a leg injury.
Nkululeko Mkhize – Driver
Mr Mkhize was driving home with two passengers in his vehicle. On his way, the vehicle experienced a motor failure, and because Mr Mkhize was driving at high speed he lost control of the car. As a result he swerved onto oncoming traffic, and was involved in a head-on collision with another car. He sustained minor leg injuries, and the passengers survived the crash unharmed.
Nomfanelo Mkhize – Pedestrian
Ms Mkhize resides in Mzimkulu but was transferred to Edendale hospital for specialized treatment. She has no recollection of what happened, and unfortunately her family also doesn’t know where she is. She fears that they might think she is dead. She suffered a head injury and a fractured leg from the incident.
Simphiwe Ngcobo – Driver
Mr. Ngcobo comes from Pietermaritzburg and was involved in a car crash on his way from Shange. A passenger in his car was drunk and restless. He pulled on the steering wheel while Mr Ngcobo was driving and he lost control of the vehicle. The passenger survived the crash, with minor injuries; however Mr Ngcobo sustained a spine and head injury.
Sithembile Dlodlo – Passenger
Ms. Dlodlo recalls the incident happening somewhere close to the Midmar, in Howick, KwaZulu Natal. She was in the car with her brother, on their way to buy groceries for their home. On route, they had heard noises coming from the engine. They decided to park the car on the side of the road, and inspect the problem. Minutes later, another car, with a couple, stopped to help them.
They were all distracted, and didn’t notice a truck that was speeding towards them. The truck driver lost control and ran over the second car, killing the couple instantly and wedging her between the couple’s car and her brother’s car.
Thandoxolo Mpinyana – Pedestrian
Mr Mpinyana was travelling to his hometown Mzimkulu, and the transport he was using stopped at a fuel station for passengers to use the facilities. When he came back to the car he leaned in to retrieve something from the back seat. He was unaware that a car had swerved out of the road and it crashed into him. He broke both his legs, which have now been amputated.
Thulani Majola – Pedestrian
Mr Majola was on his way to the shops to get some supplies when he was hit by a car. He was walking on the pavement and the car swerved out of the road and hit him. It was a young driver, and he fortunately took him to the hospital. He suffered a leg injury and is due for an operation soon.
Xolile Pitana – Driver
Mr Pitana hails from the Eastern Cape, and is currently working in KwaZulu Natal., he is a driver by profession. He was injured in a crash, while driving his work vehicle. Unfortunately he cannot remember what happened. His only memory is waking up in hospital.
Jalebantuni Thandli – Pedestrian
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Ms Thandli was a referral from Redflay hospital, close to Mzimkulu. She has no recollection of the incident. All she remembers is crossing the road and then waking up in hospital.
Snenhlanhla Dladla – Pedestrian
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Mr Dladla was involved in a hit and run incident. He was found lying on the road, and he was intoxicated. When we were trying to talk to him he mistook us for his family and tried to remove the drip from his arm to leave the hospital. Hospital staff managed to restrain him in time.
Loricklal Niranjan – Driver
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Mr Niranjan was driving from a religious meeting in Durban with his wife and child. Two young drivers were speeding and driving recklessly and they hit into Mr Niranjan’s car. His wife dies in the crash in an attempt to protect their child from the impact. He suffered head injuries from the incident.