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Death Unimagined

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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. 

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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.
Community 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 Cornelissen.
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 investigation.
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 quivering voice.
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.
Words 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.

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2/22/2012 12:00 AM

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