The recent death in Edenvale CBD reminds all users of road dangers. Tchika Nkoma, a 49-year-old cyclist, tragically lost his life on April 27 while riding his bike on Van Riebeeck Avenue. According to reports, he fell off his bicycle near the intersection with Second Street at approximately 16:20, and a Fidelity vehicle struck him, which resulted in fatal injuries.
Mark Berkowitz, Nkoma’s part-time employer and Glendower resident, has consistently called on all road users to exercise caution. In addition, he stated that people must be mindful of other road users, including drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians, to avoid accidents.
Fidelity Services Group’s head of group marketing and communications, Charnel Hattingh, confirmed that the company’s Cash Solutions vehicle was travelling on Van Riebeeck Avenue when the accident occurred. She said Nkoma fell off the bike in front of the car and went underneath it, which is how he received his injuries. The South African Police Service is investigating the case.
Edenvale SAPS corporate communications commutation officer Warrant Officer Jacob Mashile confirmed that the police are investigating a case of culpable homicide and reckless and negligent driving. Although Hattingh stated that the driver had been cleared, the investigation is ongoing. Some have also reported that Nkoma was under the influence at the time of the incident, although post-mortem results have yet to confirm this claim.
Nkoma, originally from Malawi, worked in South Africa to support his wife and five children. Berkowitz described him as a punctual, professional, and pleasant person dedicated to his work. Berkowitz also expressed concern about the need for more awareness regarding other road users, specifically cyclists and pedestrians. He suggested that more campaigns are necessary to educate the community on road safety.
The death of Tchika Nkoma is a tragedy that has affected an entire family and serves as a reminder of the need for all road users to exercise caution and be mindful of others on the road.