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Gonubie teen dies in a hit and run

Kaycee Du Cruz's family has no idea when his case will be heard in the East London Magistrates Court allegedly due to a lack of co-operation from the authorities.

Natasha Du Cruz, mother of 19-year-old Kaycee Du Cruz who was hit by a car while walking home with his cousin around 1am on December 20, 2019, has been left heartbroken after losing her only child to a hit and run.

The former Stirling High School pupil is said to have been a phenomenal rugby player, who worked at the Gonubie Sports Club while enjoying his gap year.

On that eventful morning, he was walking home with his friend from the Sports Club when he was hit at the Gonubie Main road. He died at the scene.

His cousin, who does not want to be named, said the car was speeding, a detail that was collaborated by the staff at the Shell garage. The car did not stop after hitting Du Cruz.

According to Captain Hazel Mqala, East London police spokesperson, a case of culpable homicide was opened. “The deceased was hit by the car as he was walking on the road. The accused has already appeared in court on January 8, 2020.”

He was released on a R2 000 bail while the police investigation continues.

The deceased’s uncle, Roan Nel drove to the crime scene after he heard the news in hope to get something that might lead him to find the car that hit Du Cruz. He found a car part that indicated the colour of the vehicle and the manufacturer. He drove around the neighbourhood and spotted a car parked outside a house with a smashed front left side.

Its colour matched the part he had collected from the accident scene. He then called the police for assistance.

“I just want justice to be served, taking away a young man that had so much potential in so many fields just makes me sad,” said Nel.

Natasha has been impatiently waiting for the police to ascertain whether the vehicle Nel found was, in fact, the one that knocked over her son and left him to die. “I am not okay, I am not coping. His friends keep telling me they can’t believe he’s gone and his father is in a terrible state.”


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