[LISTEN] Father of 7-year-old boy who died in taxi accident on N2 speaks out

The father of a seven-year-old Liyabonga Mbaba who was decapitated in a taxi incident which took place on the N2 near Borcherds Quarry on Monday sketched-out details of his son's death.

Khanyile Mbaba says he got a call from the taxi owner on Monday telling him to rush to the N2 because there's been an accident.

He says he was surprised to be called to the scene and not the hospital if the children are injured.

On his arrival, he saw all the children that were in the taxi but couldn't find his son, that's when a six-year-old pointed him in the direction of the taxi.

He was stopped by police officers who later told him he needed to get permission to see his son.

Read: 7-year-old dies in taxi accident, state says parents must take responsibility

They told me if I am strong then I can go see my son. They opened the back of the taxi and there was his body.

Khanyile Mbaba, Father of the 7-year-old boy

They couldn't find his head so they had close the road in order to look for it and they later found it but it was in pieces.

Khanyile Mbaba, Father of the 7-year-old boy

I said to them I can't bury an incomplete body so If you can't pick up the pieces give me a bag and I will do it myself.

Khanyile Mbaba, Father of the 7-year-old boy

I found the small pieces of the skull and I started collecting them because the police had no interest in collecting.

Khanyile Mbaba, Father of the 7-year-old boy

Mbaba says he had to be strong at that moment because he had to make sure that everything goes accordingly, making sure that his son's body is treated with dignity.

He adds that the shock of his son's death only hit him when he got home later that day.

The parents of the man who was driving the taxi came to see the Mbaba family and to offer their condolences but Khanyile says the owner of the taxi did not show remorse at all. She only came to see the family two days after the incident happened.

The owner of the vehicle stays just five houses away from us and she did not show any remorse at all. The incident happened on Monday and she only came to see us on Wednesday.

Khanyile Mbaba, Father of the 7-year-old boy

Remember we normally speak to the owners and not the drivers, when they approach us.

Khanyile Mbaba, Father of the 7-year-old boy

I did hear the interview when they said we must take responsibility as parents but these people come with private cars and we don't know where they going to offload the children to. Even if they have fraudulent disks, how will we know that the disk is fake? We trust them to be accountable.

Khanyile Mbaba, Father of the 7-year-old boy

They come with five children in the car only to find out that they offload them into a taxi filled with 29 children, as they were in this case.

Khanyile Mbaba, Father of the 7-year-old boy

To hear the rest of the interview with Khanyile Mbaba, listen below: Please note the description contains graphic details that may be disturbing.


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