Premier of KZN Sihle Zikalala has joined the family of Deputy Minister Sindisiwe Chikunga in a memorial of the late Khulekani Xaba, his wife and four children being held at the Cruise Terminal in Durban today.
Managing Executive of Durban Port Moshe Motlohi and
Nompumelo Dweba-Kwetana, Port Manager, Port of Durban have addresed fellow mourners during the memorial held at the Cruise Terminal for late Khulekani Xaba. Xaba was a planner at Transnet and was sadly killed in a head-on collision on the N11 near Ladysmith a week ago.
Xaba the son of Deputy Minister of Transport Sindisiwe Chikunga, was killed alongside his wife Zinhle and their four children during a collision with a bakkie.
The children who passed away were Nizenande, Mashiyamahle, Thapelo and Olwethu.
In his address Premier Zikalala comforted the Xaba and Chikunga families on their sad loss.
"No words can express our pain on your loss not just only one member of the family but six on this now notorious stretch of the N11. It was former Premier S'bu Ndebele who said while the living are meant to close the eyes of the dead, it is actually the dead who open the eyes of the living," said Premier Zikalala.
The Premier said further: "In this regard provincial government must together with national government, embark on a serious and urgent campaign to make the N11 safer through a number of interventions. Indeed, the eyes of the living should be opened by those who have sadly suffered this tragedy, but we must not only mourn by actively do something so that no more people are killed on our roads on the N11or any other, " said Premier Zikalala.