How friends partied then died

Karabo Kekana (18) and Thabang Mothiba (16) were killed by a speeding car
Karabo Kekana (18) and Thabang Mothiba (16) were killed by a speeding car

WHEN the two friends went to a birthday celebration, their families did not know they would never see them again.

After the party, they were knocked over by a car and killed!

The tragic incident happened outside Cash Chillas Braai in Kekana Gardens in Hammanskraal, Tshwane, on Saturday, 28 January.

Karabo Kekana (18) and Thabang Mothiba (16) were killed by a speeding car, leaving the community angry.

Karabo’s aunt, Bongi Bodiba, (45) described him as a good person who loved singing.

“We heard the driver was speeding and failed to even stop for a hump.

“He killed them instantly,” she said.

Aunt Bongi Bodiba and gogo Elizabeth Kekana are mourning the death of Karabo Kekana, who was hit by a car on Saturday. Photo by Raymond Morare

Boikanyo Chauke (18), a friend of the victims, said: “Karabo and Thabang were singing and dancing while we waited for our transport next to the road. We suddenly heard a loud noise and saw they had been knocked over.”

Mpho Mosana (21), whose birthday it was, said she was heartbroken.

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“What happened was shocking. We never expected the night to end in tears,” she said.

A manager of Cash Chillas Braai said: “The children ordered food and were dancing.

Father, Simon Mothiba (60) says he is in pain after losing his son, Thabang Mothiba (16), after he was hit by a car when they were celebrating their friend's birthday on Saturday night. Photo by Raymond Morare

“They were leaving at about 8pm when the tragedy happened.”

Gauteng police spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Mavela Masondo said a case of culpable homicide and reckless and negligent driving was opened.

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