An employee of the popular stationery store, Typo, died on Thursday, 17 November, after a store structure fell on top of her while she was assisting another staff member in packing the store for relocation to a new site.
As reported by IOL – Police spokesperson, Sergeant Wesley Twigg said an inquest docket had been opened.
Twigg said, “Bellville police registered an inquest case following the death of a 41-year-old female at a stationary shop in Tyger Valley mall, Thursday afternoon at about 12.50pm. The circumstances surrounding the incident are being investigated.”
Jihaan Orrie, 41, widowed during the Covid-19 pandemic, is a mother to three children aged 21, 16 and seven.
Orrie’s eldest sister, Carmen Claasen told the Weekend Argus the family is struggling and in shock as they had just buried her husband, Riyad 15 months ago during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Claasen told the Weekend Argus, “Last year her husband passed away due to Covid-19, he was just 37 years old.
“She worked at Typo for the past 14 years and was a regional manager.
“What we heard was that they were packaging the old store for the new store, and she had been with a male colleague who was assisting her.
“We do not know what happened but were told that a shelf or cupboard had fallen on her and she was unconscious and passed away.
“The man that was with her in the store was also in a state of shock.
“She had been feeling sick and called one of my sisters in the week but was at work on Thursday.
“This is a big shock, she was such a loving and happy person.”
Africa Country Manager for the Cotton on Group, Natalie Wills said, “We are deeply saddened by the passing of a much-loved team member. Our hearts and thoughts are with the family at this time, and with respect to the family, we’re unable to comment further.”
Our sincerest condolences to Jihaan Orrie’s family.
Picture: Jehaan Orrie / Facebook