The Eastern Cape Department of Employment and Labour has categorically denied that it is endangering employees by forcing them to drive unsafe, unroadworthy “death traps.”
The accusation was made during the recent memorial ceremony of Siphelo “Nqontsonqa” Dyongman, a well-known Eastern Cape poet and departmental employee who died tragically in a head-on collision last month.
“The agency must conduct an investigation into the safety of the vehicle Nqontsonqa was driving,” he said.
Sobekwa made the stunning remarks in the presence of Nomfundo Douw-Jack, the department’s main operations director.
Douw-Jack, who spoke at the funeral as well, did not comment to the allegations at the service, but told News24: “The official or friend was speaking in his own role as a friend and according to his own judgement.”
“Because he is not employed by the department as a fleet official or works with the management of the departmental fleet, he does not have complete knowledge of the accident.” He was not speaking for the department.”
According to Komisa, there were two men in the articulated truck, while Dyongman was alone in a VW Polo.
“[The] vehicles crashed head-on, and the driver of the Polo was pronounced dead at the spot by emergency personnel, while both occupants of the truck fled unscathed.” At this point, the details surrounding the cause of [the] accident are unknown.”
Agcobile Dyongman, Dyongman’s sister, said the family was surprised by Sobekwa’s revelations at the funeral.
She expressed optimism that it would answer many of their questions and urged the department to provide a thorough report on the accident as soon as possible.