He said he almost lost his life on 16 February 2019.
Mpumalanga environment MEC Vusi Shongwe has revealed being involved in another car accident, this time ending up in ICU.
Last year Shongwe escaped unharmed when a grey Mercedes Benz he was driving and a white Toyota Quantum collided in Mbombela CBD.
Shongwe said this year’s accident occurred on 16 February 2019 on the highway near Machadodorp and he had to be rushed to hospital soon afterwards.
“I’m not feeling well,” he said while addressing scores who had come to his department’s launch of the ‘Zonda Insila Programme’ in Breyten near Ermelo.
“I was involved in a car accident. My life almost ended on the N4 on 16 February, I’m glad I’m still alive. So my speech won’t be long today because I’m not feeling well,” he said.
He didn’t say more about it but ended by saying that if he “had to die” he would have died on that day.
Shongwe was raised in the area of Breyten.
He told the residents that he was still going to come to the area and hold other events, including inviting the elders to eat with him, and was “scared of nobody”.
“My wife always tells me that you always tell her to remind me about that event I promised you. I promised we would celebrate together. Rest assured I haven’t forgotten. I was raised by you. Not that the reason I’m not having that event I promised you is because I’m scared of anybody. No. I will go anywhere in the province and hold events, I’m scared of nobody because if I had to die I was going to die on that weekend of 16 February 2019 where I ended up spending 3 days in ICU. So don’t tell me about fear,” he said.
Those who know about the accident said Shongwe was driving himself and it happened at around 8 in the morning. He was driving towards Mbombela when it occurred, they said.
The ‘Zonda Insila Programme’ is basically an awareness programme, to get communities to keep the environment clean and safe and to use waste to generate money for themselves.
It was launched by Shongwe’s department of Agriculture, Rural Development, Land and Environmental Affairs.
“Through the campaign, the MEC will be mobilising citizens to take a firm position against littering and illegal dumping, as he increases awareness on possible socio-economic opportunities in waste management and recycling initiatives to address issues of unemployment. Local government will also be encouraged to implement by-laws to promote the right to a clean and safe environment,” the department said.
(edited by ZK)
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