Zanele Radebe holds up a photo of her niece Cindy, who died in a crash, along with Clayton Saville (right).Main Picture: Doctor Ngcobo/ African News Agency (ANA)
Zanele Radebe holds up a photo of her niece Cindy, who died in a crash, along with Clayton Saville (right).Main Picture: Doctor Ngcobo/ African News Agency (ANA)
Clayton Saville was killed in a car crash.
Picture: Doctor Ngcobo/ African News Agency (ANA)
Clayton Saville was killed in a car crash. Picture: Doctor Ngcobo/ African News Agency (ANA)
Durban - The families of two people killed in a car crash involving a metro police vehicle want justice.

Clayton Saville, 32, and Cindy Radebe, 34, died when a Metro Police van allegedly crashed into Saville’s car in New Germany last month.

In the crash, on March 27, two other passengers were critically injured.

The crash was captured by CCTV cameras at a nearby business.The video has been made available to the police and the families.

After allegedly failing to get answers from police about the status of the investigation into the crash, Clayton’s mother, Samantha, posted the video on Facebook.

This led to police watchdog, the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid), picking up the case.

Ipid spokesperson, Moses Dlamini, said the body was now investigating the incident as well as the police for not reporting the fatal crash to them.

Samantha alleges the video shows the Metro van driving into the intersection without stopping at a red traffic light.

Samantha Saville is demanding answers of her son was killed in a car crash last month. Video: Nosipho Mngoma


“We need to know what happened, and for the person who did this to face the law.

“Clayton and Cindy’s life can’t just end and no one pays for it,” she said.

The Radebe family believe that the pain of losing their daughter is what led to the death of Cindy’s mother, Nomthethwa, 63, who died on Friday.

Cindy’s aunt, Zanele, could not stop crying as she spoke about the run-around they were given by police and how this had stressed her sister.

“She hadn’t cried for Cindy, she was the one comforting us, but after the funeral she started saying things which did not make sense and didn’t remember my name.”

The family had gone to the scene in the early hours of March 28, some hours after the crash happened.

“There were no markings on the road, no car parts or even broken glass to show that anything had happened there.

“We believe the police cleaned up the scene to hide any evidence which may have shown the Metro cop was at fault. As a family we want justice, we want the person responsible for Cindy’s kids having to grow up without a mother to be held accountable,” said Cindy’s cousin, Chris.

Metro police spokesperson Senior Superintendent Parboo Sewpersad confirmed that a crash had taken place involving a Metro police officer.

He said at the time of the incident, the officer, who was driving alone, was not going to an emergency but was on “supervisory duties”.

He said it was up to the SAPS to report the matter to Ipid as they were investigating the crash.

However, as a matter of procedure, metro was also probing it.

He said the officer had sustained serious injuries herself but was now out of hospital.

While she was not well enough to come back to work, she was suspended from driving as per general procedure, until the investigation into the crash was concluded.

He also called for anyone who witnessed the crash or had any information to get in touch with him, as he was also the head of the Metro Police Inspectorate, an internal unit which deals with investigations into the conduct of metro police.

While justice would not bring back her son or his friend Cindy, Samantha said she would pursue the matter for Clayton’s two sons and Cindy’s four young children.

Police spokesperson, Captain Nqobile Gwala, said two cases of culpable homicide were being investigated.

The Mercury