By Zolani Sinxo
Leaning on the stone wall of the
bridge, looking down at the wreckage of the truck that took the life of
his 20-year-old daughter and seven other people, Joschim Jenkar sobbed
as he recalled some of the memories he once shared with his daughter.
“She was a fine little girl, we enjoyed every time we had together and we miss her so much,” said Jenkar.
and family members of the eight deceased farm workers who died in a
tragic accident, which took place at the Kleinberg bridge close to
Saron, gathered at the bridge to remember their loved ones in a memorial
service organised by the Cape Winelands District Municipality on
Wednesday, 8 February 2012.
According to Mr. J. Cornelissen who is
the Traffic Manager in Drakenstein, the truck driver saw a caterpillar
in the opposite direction and thought it would make way for him before
he reached it.
“However, the caterpillar was parked stationary on the
road; trying to avoid a head-on collision. The truck driver swerved the
vehicle to the right and tragically drove off the bridge,” said
He said the truck driver was a legal driver and sober
at the time; the truck was also tested for roadworthiness and passed all
requirements. No arrests have been made as the matter is still under
About ten people survived the accident and some are
still in hospital, battling for their lives due to their severe
injuries. Jenkar’s daughter, Janene Joubert, was not among the lucky
ones as she died on the scene.
“As a family we are saddened by her
death. She was a wonderful child and never gave us any problems. To come
to terms with her death will be a difficult thing, but we pray to God
to keep us strong during these difficult times,” said Jenkar in a
Jenkar said he hopes that he will never witness
something like this again; he urged government officials and political
heads to make sure that people are always safe on the road and to
tighten traffic laws to avoid such incidents.
Among those who
attended the memorial service, was CWDM speaker, Cllr. C. Meyer and the
CWDM Deputy Executive Mayor, Cllr. H, Jansen together with local and
provincial traffic heads and other local government political heads.
of comfort were conveyed by the attendants to strengthen families of
the deceased and assistance and support were offered to help them get
through these difficult times.
A mass funeral was held for the deceased Saturday, 11 February 2012 at the Wolseley cemetery.