Govt announces memorial service for Joseph Mabuza

His death has left many people shocked.

The Mpumalanga government has made available details of spokesperson Joseph Mabuza’s memorial service.

It said the memorial service will be held this coming Thursday at the Communio Church next to Ilanga Mall in Mbombela.

Acting spokesman Moeti Mmusi said details regarding Mabuza’s funeral service will also be communicated.

Mabuza, described as a very humble person by colleagues and others who knew him, died Sunday afternoon (23 Dec) on the N4 towards Mozambique just before the Nkomazi toll gate.

He was the spokesperson to Mpumalanga safety and security MEC Pat Ngomane.

Premier Refilwe Mtshweni said news of Mabuza’s death was saddening.

She said the death was a huge blow to the provincial government, “as Mr Mabuza was the champion of road safety in the province”.

“Let me pass my condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Mr Mabuza,” she said.

Mabuza, travelling in a motorbike, died when a bakkie allegedly made a U-turn on the highway, killing him.

A manhunt for the driver of the bakkie has been launched by the cops.

“I have no doubt that as a provincial government, we have lost a passionate fellow colleague who was tremendously dedicated and patriotic about road safety in our province.

“Death has robbed us as a provincial government a good communicator. On behalf of the provincial government, let me pass my deepest and sincere condolences to Mabuza’s family, friends and colleagues in the entire administration,” said Mtshweni.

If you have information on the whereabouts of the bakkie’s driver call the cops on 072 196 8225 or 08600 10111.

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BREAKING: MEC Pat Ngomane’s spokesperson dies in car crash

His family says they are saddened by the news – given that he was an ambassador for road safety in Mpumalanga.

Mpumalanga safety and security spokesperson Joseph Mabuza has died.

Mabuza, who was MEC Pat Ngomane’s spokesperson, died in the early afternoon on Sunday (23 Dec) his family has confirmed.

He was travelling on a motorbike from the Lebombo border post when a car allegedly made a U-turn on the highway, killing him.

The accident occurred on the N4 towards Mozambique just before the Nkomazi toll gate at around 2 in the afternoon

“We are saddened as a family. It is really disturbing because the whole province knew him as an ambassador for road safety,” family spokesman Kingdom Mabuza said.

Mabuza’s death comes hours after his department reported the shocking deaths of 10 people killed in three separate road crashes overnight.

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Ngomane sends condolences to victims of weekend fatalities

Eleven people lost their lives on Mpumalanga roads during this past long weekend.

Mpumalanga safety and security MEC Pat Ngomana has sent condolences to the victims of the crashes that left people injured and dead.

Spokesman Joseph Mabuza said Ngomana urged motorists to plan their journey on time in order to not find themselves speeding.

He said Ngomana expressed concerns on the rise of irresponsible driving on the province’s roads.

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“He also urged motorists to be observant as this can help reduce road crashes,” said Mabuza.

Two separate accidents, one on the N4 Schoemanskloof road and another on the N17 road between Bethal and Trichardt, claimed 8 lives.

“A Toyota Avanza was hit on the side by a BMW SUV after the Avanza lost control and stopped on an oncoming traffic lane. Three females died on spot in the Avanza,” Mabuza said, adding five others were seriously injured and hospitalised.

In the N17 road crash, both drivers of the cars that collided head-on died as well as their passengers.

“MEC Ngomana sends condolences to the families of the deceased and also wishes the injured a speedy recovery,”  Mabuza said.

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