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A third person has died in hospital following the accident on Field’s Hill on Monday while 11 people are being treated in Chatsworth’s RK Khan Hospital and St Mary’s Hospital near Mariannhill.
The accident happened when a taxi and a small truck smashed into a stationary taxi stalled near the top of the notorious stretch of road.
On Tuesday, The Mercury visited the families of the dead to hear about those they had lost so unexpectedly.
Innocent Sibisi, 52, was on his way home from Westmead in Pinetown where he worked.
As the sole breadwinner in his family, he supported his wife and her two children.
“These were not his biological children but he supported us and, with his untimely death, I have not worked out what am I going to do to keep on living,” his wife, Princess Sibisi, said.
She said when he didn’t come home she phoned him and he answered but said he was in hospital and told her about the crash.
“When we went there doctors stopped us from seeing him, they said they were resuscitating him but they had no hope he would recover and later they told us he had died.”
Sindisiwe Biyase, 35, was also on her way home from work. She had been looking forward to celebrating her birthday on Tuesday.
Her younger sister, Sanelisiwe Biyase, said the last communication they had was on a social network when they talked about a blanket she had been given during a traditional ceremony.
“I then asked her to wait for me in town so she could carry the blanket herself. I even called her and I don’t know why she didn’t wait,” she said.
Sindisiwe is survived by her three children.
Her sister said Sindisiwe was the head of the family as their parents had died.
“None of us are working, she put our bread on the table,” she said.
Before the accident happened David Mdunge, 33, who had a disability and was on crutches, had just talked to his pregnant girlfriend, telling her to take care of their baby.
“He did not like quarrels. Whenever we had an issue, he always wanted us to have immediate peace,” she said.
He left home in the afternoon and said he was meeting someone in Pinetown.
“Before he left, he scolded his brother Nkosinathi and told him to stop sleeping in daylight, he was going to get sick,” his 61-year-old mother, Mavis Mdunge, said.
She pointed at a demolished old building outside their house where David had promised to build a new home for his family. “Through his disability grant, he supported us. We were looking forward to seeing the house,” she said.