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Dec 3 2012 12:57PM
 
Health MEC and driver die after car explodes
TRAGIC END: MEC for health Fezi Ngubentombi.
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Maryna van Wyk

The Free State government has expressed its condolences to family and comrades of health MEC Fundiswa “Fezi” Ngubentombi who died in a car crash on Saturday.

Ngubentombi, 47, and her driver, Sergeant Bena Motaung, 35, were killed on impact.

She was on her way back home from the Hands Off Zuma rally in Qwa Qwa.

Her official car crashed into an overhead bridge on the Andries Pretorius off ramp on the N1 and exploded.

A child, believed to Ngubentombi’s, sustained injuries and was taken to hospital.

A VIP protection member of the SAPS also sustained injuries. It is believed the driver lost control in rainy conditions. The vehicle exploded when it crashed into a structure next to the highway.

The spokesperson for the Free State government Mondli Mvambi said: “Her dedication and commitment to her work will leave a lasting legacy on all.”

Yesterday family members friends and ANC colleagues arrived at her house in Heuwelsig to pay their respects.

Nozizwe Thoka, a sister-in-law, said Ngubentombi was in a very happy phase in her life.

“She had gained strength from a recent illness,” Thoka said.

An emotional Premier Ace Magashule said: “She was singing and dancing the whole of Thursday during the PGC in Sasolburg. She was up and down,” he said. “She was a lovely person. I remember her for praying every day at 12pm,” he said.

marynavw@thenewage.co.za

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