An Open Letter

An open letter to parents from a mother who lost her own children tragically

This is a mother’s plea to all parents who have children residing in Johannesburg.

I write this letter with such immense heartbreak. I think your website can be very powerful to pass this message with the possibility it can save someone’s life.

On 18th Feb 2013, I have lost my 23-year-old son in tragic accident on the N3 involving a truck.

On the 8th July 2017, I lost another child that was like my son and his girlfriend aged 23 yrs were killed in a gruesome and horrific crash involving a truck.

I cannot count the number of accidents that happen on the N3 involving with trucks. I know that death is inevitable and we go when our time is up.

But the brutality of it is heart wrenching.

It’s heartbreaking when parents have to bury their children and worse when they have to identity their body.

All parents should advise their kids to travel during the day, when visibility is clear. Remind them not to speed and ensure they take breaks during long journeys.

Our kids are eager to go home to see loved ones they miss and rush to get to their destination.

My message might not have meaning to some, but ask a parent who has been to a morgue to identity their children’s body.

I am helpless. My arms cannot reach all the moms and dads to tell them “I feel their pain as I have been through it”.

No amount of comforting to any parent can bring back their kids; we can however make our children to understand the fatality of travelling at night on the N3 (I call the deathtrap).

Everyone thinks it won’t happen to him or her until it does.

Nafiesa Khan, a heartbroken mother.


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