A man from Mpumalanga in South Africa who had been married for only three weeks to the love of his life is now planning to bury her.
On Saturday, January 7, 2017, late Angelina Msiza, the wife of Johannes Mlangeni who was travelling in a taxi was swept away by heavy flood in Kwaggafontein, Mpumalanga. In an attempt to rescue her from the taxi, a local fire-fighter from the Thembisile Hani Municipality also died.
Speaking to Sowetan Live, an emotional Johannes in tears shared the last moment he had with his wife and mother of their one-year-old daughter.
”It was around 8am when I accompanied her to catch a taxi to work. We were playing and joking and then I carried her on my back. We waited for a taxi which arrived
A few minutes later‚ I checked my phone and saw two missed calls from her. Seconds later‚ she phoned again‚ saying I must come quickly to pull them out. I didn’t understand what she was saying and phoned her. That is when she cried and said they were stuck in the middle of a flooded bridge‚
Fire fighters arrived. Inside the taxi was my wife and the driver. I tried rescuing them but as I got closer to the vehicle‚ the water became too strong and pushed me back. I was angry with myself because I wanted to do all I could to save my wife and the driver.
My wife threatened to throw herself into the water but I stopped her. One fire fighter managed to rescue the driver but as he went in to try and save my wife‚ the water became too strong and swept him away.
I watched as the taxi was floating in the water with my wife inside‚ screaming for help. I ran next to it but there was nothing I could do as the water was too strong and high.
I have lost a wife and the mother of our young daughter aged a year and a half. She was my everything. We had many plans together. She was so happy. I would have asked her not to go to work if I had known what was going to happen.’