Cop van smashes family’s new home

2013-11-13 00:00

A 13-YEAR-OLD girl is still in shock after she narrowly escaped injury when a police vehicle crashed into her home on Monday.

Nokulunga Ngcobo, a Grade 8 pupil at Edendale Technical High School, who was home alone at Esigodini when a police Quantum smashed into her house, can hardly believe what happened.

She told The Witness that she was cooking in the other room when she heard a loud crash.

“I was happy after finding out that my bedroom had just been finished,” said Nokulunga. “I heard a big bang from outside. The next thing, the house shook as the car crashed into the back of the house.”

Her mother, Thulile Nzimande, heard about the crash after someone called her while she was on her way home. “The nervousness of not knowing what was happening was killing me. Thank God no one was injured.”

The family had planned to move some of their belongings from their mud house into their new home this week.

Mthokozisi “Kero” Nzimande was heartbroken at the damage to his new house. “I don’t know what to do now as I was using the last of my money to build [a new house]. Just as I was building a better house for my family and demolishing some parts of the older house, this happened.”

Police spokesperson Captain Musa Ntombela said: “The driver saw cattle and he tried to avoid them. But there was a bus coming on the right hand lane driving down towards Edendale and so he also tried to avoid it. Eventually, the taxi slipped as the road was wet and went off the road hitting a tree. It hit the house, and caused damage on the back wall and on the roof and overturned,” said Ntombela.

There was only the driver in the minibus, who escaped injury.

Police are investigating a case of reckless and negligent driving.

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