Cape Town – Just six months into his marriage while riding his three-months-old motorbike a young husband was killed when a ‘drunk’ driver crashed into him on the M5 highway near Sybrand Park.
His motorbike went up in flames on impact.
The 25-year-old Reyaad Arend from Wyneburg died in hospital succumbing to injuries sustained in the crash.
The City of Cape Town’s Maxine Bezuidenhout confirmed the accident which occurred shortly after 3pm on Sunday.
Bezuidenhout said that traffic was heavily affected as authorities attended to the scene of the fatal crash.
The young husband was married for just six months on Sunday.
His family says he had the motorbike for three months.
Reyaad was buried according to Muslim rites on Monday, and leaves behind a grieving widow Rafeeqah, 26.
His heartbroken aunt, Fazlin Jakoet, says Reyaad was deeply loved and this was evident by the huge amount of people who attended his janaazah on Monday.
“The family are standing together but we are all grief-stricken. There is a lot of shock, but acceptance, of what happened. To Allah we come and unto Allah we return,” Fazlin says.
“This tragedy has brought the family and his siblings together. The janaazah is huge; there is no space in Rosmead Avenue for people to enter.”
“It is not just family and friends but many strangers or just acquaintances of Reyaad’s. We are humbled by the outpouring of duas and condolences from friends and the public.”
She says Reyaad and Rafeeqah celebrated six months of marital bliss on Sunday. The couple had no children.
“He loved his wife and his mother dearly. He was well loved by everyone. He was handsome, had a beautiful character and was a hard worker,” Fazlin added.
Police spokesperson, Lieutenant-Colonel André Traut, says the driver that crashed into Reyaad was arrested.
“On Sunday at 4:40pm a 60-year-old man was arrested for drunk driving following an accident where a motorcyclist died on the M5 freeway,” Traut said.