Shoni Mbatha. Photo supplied

Head-on collision on the R101 claims the life of Bela-Bela woman


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A 42-year old woman from Bela-Bela lost her life in a car accident which occured on the evening of  Wednesday, 25 October.

According to the Bela-Bela police, the accident occured at about 18:00 on the R101 en route to Modimolle.

According to information received, a black Corsa bakkie, which was heading towards Bela-Bela, while a white Hino truck was traveling on the opposite direction towards Modimolle, colided with one another. The woman in question, Shoni Mbatha was traveling in the Corsa while two unknown men were travelling in the Hino truck.

Police said that Mbathat was trapped in the bakkie when emergency services arrived at the scene. She was declared dead on the scene.

According to Andy Gill of APA- ambulance services the two men escaped the accident with minor injuries.

Mbatha’s husband, Vusi Mashiane, told The BEAT that her family will miss her dearly.

She was born in Emahleni and completed her school career at the St Aquinas School. Afterwards she completed a diploma in business management at the Witbank College and worked as branch secretary   at the South African Student Congress. She then later served as the secretary of the students’ representative council.

At the time of her death, Shoni worked at the provincial department of health’s Waterberg district.

“Shoni was addicted to her work. She did not compete against people but against time,” Mashiane said.

  “She also appreciated the finer things in life even though she was a simple woman. She always said, there are two kinds of women; “her and others”.

Mbatha was laid to rest on Saturday, 4 November in Emahleni.

Mbathata is survived by her husband and two children, Stembiso and Kentse.

Sergeant Hester van Zyl told The BEAT that a case of culpable homicide had been opened.

7 months ago       16 November 2017