Baden Powell Drive, notorious for accidents, has claimed two more lives – a child and her father, an imam.
Four children and seven adults were injured and hospitalised. Last night the children were in a critical condition at Red Cross Children’s Hospital.
Relatives said 43-year-old Uthmaan Johnston and his family were on their way to the beach when his car and another collided near Strandfontein at about 9am.
Johnston’s cousin, Moegamat Johnstone said the family had buried five relatives, who had died of natural causes earlier this month.
“I am so shocked, I can’t explain how I feel. This is so unreal. We lost Uthmaan’s mother not too long ago,” Johnstone said.
“Uthmaan was an Imam at the Belhar Mosque and a member of the Muslim Judicial Council (MJC), so we are expecting a big janazah (funeral),” he said.
Western Cape Health Department spokesperson Angelique Jordaan said Johnston and the driver of the other car were trapped and were removed using the Jaws of Life..
“Two passengers (one adult and one child) were declared dead on the scene. Four children are in a critical condition and have been taken to the Red Cross Children’s Hospital.
“Seven adults are in a less serious condition and have been taken to the Groote Schuur and Victoria hospitals,” Jordaan said.
Last night, three children were in intensive care and remained in a critical condition, while doctors managed to stabilise the fourth child.
A Strandfontein man, who was travelling behind Johnston, said if he had not swerved onto the beach, Johnston’s car would have landed on top of his.
The man, still in shock, stood staring at the bodies of Johnston and his daughter, Zahraa, 3 while his car was being towed out of the sand.
“I was driving behind the Toyota from Strandfontein in the direction of Muizenberg when the BMW, driving in the opposite lane, swerved into our lane to overtake.
“He clipped (knocked the headlights) of two cars, just making it past them and collided head-on with the Toyota.
He asked not to be named.
Family members gathered around the bodies as they cried and comforted one another. A woman who did not want to be named said: “As a Muslim, we have to accept that this was their time.