Shongwe’s eight-year-old girl Sethu Thandiswa Shongwe was knocked down by a car while trying to cross Pet Street near her home in Ermelo yesterday at about 6.15pm.
Head of the community safety, security and liaison department William Mthombothi confirmed Sethu was certified dead on the scene.
“As road safety ambassador in the province, MEC Shongwe is very disturbed about the incident. He has been preaching the road safety gospel since he joined the department in 2011, not imagining that such disaster would directly affect him,” said Mthombothi.
Police investigations are under way, while a case of culpable homicide has been reported.
Mpumalanga Premier David Mabuza conveyed condolences to Shongwe’s family on behalf of the provincial government and the citizens of Mpumalanga.
“One cannot explain the feeling of losing a child. MEC Shongwe’s loss is our loss. His pain is our pain. Our MEC has been the true champion of road safety. It is indeed sad that he lost a family member through a road accident. May God give him and his family strength during this difficult time,” said Mabuza.
– Caxton News Service