Tragic accident claims dad’s life

09 November 2018  Read: 100

 

A young man from Tzaneen died tragically in a motorcycle accident on Saturday evening. It is reported that Wilhelm Loubser (33) was traveling on his Honda motorcycle along the Politsi Deerpark road when it appears as though he lost control over the motorcycle and crashed through a T-junction barrier after the Visagie Sawmills.

According to reports he had been to a friend’s home to pick up the motorcycle at around 19:00 that evening. This was the last time anyone would see him alive. It is also said that at around 20:30 that evening a member of his family tried to contact him, but his phone rang unanswered.

Witnesses say that this section of the road is notorious for accidents. They say that at night, the road markings are not clearly visible and there is no indication of a T-junction approaching.

“He was not from the area and had not been living here long, so it makes sense to me that he was unfamiliar with the road. It is very sad because in my opinion, if there had been better road markings, to warn road users of the approaching intersection, he most probably would have slowed down in time,” said Gerhard Botha, a member of the Letsitele CPF who came across the accident scene.

“It was around 09:00 that following morning (Sunday) when my wife and I were returning from Mooketsi and we stopped at the Politsi bridge to have a look at the dam. We then drove back onto the Deerpark Road and when we past Visagie Sawmills I saw a group of onlookers at the T-junction who flagged us down. I climbed out to investigate and saw the black motorbike down on the other side of the road. I informed the emergency services who arrived on the scene. It looks to me personally as though the motorcyclist realized the T-junction too late and then put his bike down but was flung into and under the barriers. It is very sad.”

Loubser is survived by his wife, three young children of which the youngest is two years of age, his parents and four siblings. We spoke to his mom, Ragel Marx, to find out the details around her son’s memorial service. The family is originally from Mooi Nooi in the North West and though the arrangements for his service have not yet been finalised, she did confirm that it will be held on Monday, 12th of November in his hometown.

 
 
 
 

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