EL Webb Ellis Parade Tragedy: Father Reveals Daughter Struck by Police Nyala – Condolences Pour In

EL Webb Ellis Parade Tragedy: Father Reveals Daughter Struck by Police Nyala – Condolences Pour In

  • University of Fort Hare student tragically struck by police nyala during the Webb Ellis Trophy parade has died
  • In a devastating turn at the Springboks Champions trophy tour, Minentle's father shares the heart-wrenching details of her accident
  • South Africans express grief on social media over the loss, highlighting concerns about hospital care and safety during national events

Building on her experience of healthcare reporting in South Africa at Isolezwe, Phumelele Nxumalo continues to shed light on pressing current affairs issues in South Africa at Briefly News.

EAST LONDON - What was supposed to be a memorable experience for a 20-year-old University of Fort Hare student turned into a harrowing experience for her family when, in an unfortunate turn of events, she died after allegedly being struck by a police nyala during the Webb Ellis Trophy parade in East London.

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Supporters hold a picture of South African director of rugby Rassie Erasmus as they gather during the Springboks Champions trophy tour in East London. Image: Wikus de Wet/Getty Images
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Messages of condolences are pouring in on social media for Minentle Noqhamka from Mbizana, whose death left South Africans saddened and worried about the safety of people during our national celebrations.

Devastated father relays the details

Speaking to TimesLIVE, Minentle Noqhamka's father, Sithembiso, said reports they received were that Minentle went to the East London CBD for some shopping before joining the masses who had gathered in front of the city hall to see the Springboks. He said:

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"She was knocked by a police nyala on her legs. Her left leg was amputated at the hospital. It's very sad for us as a family. We are still trying to come to terms with this.”

The young woman is said to have died on Tuesday.

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South Africans pass on their condolences to the family

Commenting on a post by the publication on Facebook, South Africans expressed great sorrow at the news of the young woman's passing.

Below are some of the comments:

Adrian Petrus commented:

"We are so in danger in this country. People don't realise the carelessness in hospitals."


"We need Crowd Management Officers in our country. We highly overlook the magnitude of people's lives during our national celebrations."

Habo Meya Samz Mawela said:

"Sincere condolences to her fellow students and the family."

Liza Mmeli Mbhele suggested:

"We need the team to be named after her."

Denis Coyne remarked:

"Shocking, this should never have happened. The hospitals in the Eastern Cape are in a shocking state. Thank you ANC."

Nazley Prinsloo commented:

"No amount off compensation will bring back the lost, sadness it brings."

Break-in at SARU office disappoints Mzansi

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Briefly News recently reported on the viral video of a break-in at the South African Rugby Union (SARU) head office, leaving netizens gravely disappointed.

The office located in Tygerberg Office Park in Platterkloof in Cape Town, where the replica Webb Ellis Cup is kept, became a statistic in the scourge of break-ins in the country on Monday evening, 13 November.

Security cameras captured the thieves in the act, with the video now widely circulated on social media.

Source: Briefly News

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