Three Newcastillians killed in Durban smash

Three Newcastillians were laid to rest on one tragic day.

In the aftermath of a horror collision on the M19, between Durban and Pinetown, on Sunday evening, family and friends are devastated.

Local authorities have launched investigations into the cause of the smash.

However, sister Caxton newspapers reported wet weather led to a taxi losing control on a bend, before veering across the centre median and colliding with an SUV travelling the opposite direction.

The three deceased Newcastillians were among those in the SUV.

32-year-old Shafeek Sheikh, his two-year-old son, Uzair and 79-year-old aunt, Zainub Khan, succumbed to their injuries, and were laid to rest on Monday afternoon.

Four others, including family of Shafeek, are undergoing treatment.

Close family friend, Ahmed Aziz explained Shafeek and his family were in Durban for the weekend, and were returning from dinner when the collision occurred.

Stricken with grief, Mr Aziz said it was difficult to speak about what had happened.

“Shafeek and I grew up together in Dannhauser and Newcastle. We were very close and our families were close, and spend many occasions together. It’s like losing a brother.”

The Newcastle Advertiser extends its sincere condolences to relatives and friends of the deceased, and wishes them strength during this time.

Bruce Douglas

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