Man (34) dies in tragic fall from moving scrap truck

VANDERBIJLPARK – A steel scavenger, Teboho Setshedi (34), tragically lost his life after falling from a moving truck delivering scrap metal at Cape Gate in Boipatong on Wednesday, June 10.

According to police reports, Setshedi and another man climbed onto the moving truck in an attempt to offload steel before it reached the steel giant.

Unaware that the truck wouldn’t slow down as it approached Cape Gate, the duo made a fateful decision to jump off.

Tragically, Maloka fell and struck his head on the hot tar on Nobel Boulevard.

Family members were called to the scene shortly after the incident, only to be met with the devastating sight of Maloka’s lifeless body covered in a blanket because local police covered him with foil.

Thabo Setshedi, the family spokesperson, shared the family’s grievance and frustration, stating, “We are devastated by the incident and we wish that Cape Gate would employ some of these guys so the tragic incidents end. We are still going to see more bodies being picked up each month as long as our community is faced with a high unemployment rate, yet there is an international steel giant a stone’s throw away.”

Thabo highlighted that Teboho, like many others, was not a stranger to hard work.

“It’s not like those men who die here don’t want to work. Some used to work in the same company but were laid off due to COVID-19. For almost two years, my brother used to work at Cape Gate under external contractors. As we speak, he has his documents (health certificates) and overalls ready for any call out for work.”

The tragic incident is not isolated. In April, another scavenger similarly fell and suffered fatal head injuries.

The growing number of deaths among young men from moving trucks has raised serious concerns in the Boipatong community.

Boipatong police spokesperson, Sergeant Thembeka Maxambela, confirmed the incident, stating, “Wednesday 10-07-2024 between 10:30 and 11:30, a tragic incident occurred involving two young males who climbed on a moving truck that was offloading scrap. One youth fell from the vehicle and sustained severe injuries, leading to his untimely death. Police arrived promptly at the scene and began an investigation.”

Maxambela further noted that preliminary findings suggest potential negligence and the incident is currently being investigated as a case of culpable homicide. “Further details will be released as the investigation progresses. Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the deceased during this difficult time,” she added.