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Pretoria - A Pretoria mother is struggling to come to terms with the death of two of her sons, and at the same time praying for the recovery of another who is fighting for his life in hospital.
Dimpho, 21, Thato, 20 and Kamogelo, 14, Mothibe, all with links to Pretoria Boys’ High School, were involved in a fatal accident on Friday evening on the N1 South at the Lynnwood off-ramp, on their way back to their Newlands home.
When the Pretoria News visited the family’s Newlands home on Monday, the boys’ mother, Yvonne Mothibe, was too distraught to speak.
Their aunt, Betty Mothibe, said the accident has had a devastating effect on Yvonne, who herself is undergoing therapy after she was left paralysed and bound to a wheelchair following an accident in 2008. “Yvonne was taken to a medical clinic last week where she had started therapy sessions.
“When we got the news of the accident, it had an adverse effect on her. She is so down now, lifeless almost. This news had been difficult for her,” Betty said.
Another relative, Mashudu Nemukula, said the boys had been returning home from the TUT campus in Ga-Rankuwa where Thato had participated in the Mr and Miss TUT competition the night before.
Dimpho and Kamogelo left their home earlier on Saturday evening to fetch Thato from the campus.
The Mothibe brothers’ crash into a stationary truck left Kamogelo and Thato dead at the scene. The Jaws of Life were used to cut open the vehicle to enable emergency personnel to remove the two dead brothers in order for them to free Dimpho and treat him.
ER24 spokeswoman Vanessa Jackson said Dimpho was alert and responsive at the time and was taken to hospital. “He sustained a few scrapes and bruises and a broken leg,” she said.
Nemukula and Betty Mothibe, the boys’ aunt, said the family were devastated by the tragedy.
“It's very difficult to believe that the boys are gone, just like that. We were sitting and waiting for them to get home and then we got a call with the news that they had been involved in an accident,” Betty said.
According to Nemukula, he arrived at the hospital as Dimpho was being rushed in. “He grabbed my hand and wanted to talk to me and tell me something but his speech was slurred and the paramedics just rushed him in. I’m sure he wanted to ask for his brothers.”
Nemukula said Dimpho underwent an operation that night and was scheduled to have another this week. He added that the family had a number of questions concerning the accident scene. “We went to the scene as soon as we heard and we could not find the driver of the truck anywhere. There was also no signage (traffic triangle) to warn drivers of the stationary truck. How can this be?
“Surely someone should have done something about the truck being there. “Information we have is that the truck had been there since 4pm.
“Surely something should have been done about it,” Nemukula said. Betty said the only hope the family had now was to pray for the recovery of Dimpho.
According to the family, all three boys were aspiring computer gurus. Dimpho was studying towards an IT degree and Thato was doing a computer engineering degree.
“Kamogelo was very active in sport at school. I always hoped he would take a career in sport, but if not it would definitely be in the same field as his brothers,” Nemukula said.
On Monday, Pretoria Boys’ High held a special assembly and moment of silence for Kamogelo who was in Grade 8 at the school. His brothers were both former pupils.
According to a source, pupils were notified of the Mothibe brothers’ death and Psalm 23, as well as two poems, were read out at the school.
“The mood at school, especially among the Grade 8 pupils was very sombre yesterday. A lot of people were saddened by the news,” the source said.
A Facebook group was started yesterday for the brothers and tributes started pouring in for lives lost so young. “In loving memory of Thato and Kamo Mothibe.”
Latoya Toy’ Maker wrote: Speechless, memories left unspoken…”
Idani Bridget wrote: “I remember all those crazy things you said, you left them running through my head. You are always there, you are everywhere. But right now I wish you were here I will always carry you in my spirit. I love you Thato.”