Crashed car still perched at family’s doorstep

2010-11-02 00:00

A FAMILY in Imbali Unit 18 is still waiting for the removal of a car that crashed into their neighbour’s fence before landing on its roof at the front door of their home on Friday afternoon.

Busisiwe Sokhela, the owner of the house, said: “I am still waiting for the owner of the car to remove it from my yard, because it has been here since Friday. We were lucky to have escaped unhurt from this vehicle, because we were all inside the house when we heard a loud bang. When we got out of the house we saw a man slowly coming out of the car,” said Sokhela.

“We all thought the car was going to burst into flames because petrol was oozing out of it, so I just took my identity document and we all ran out of the yard until we were satisfied that it was safe to go back into the house.”

Sokhela said she called the police to see if they could offer assistance, but to no avail.

“Police told me that they can not do anything because no one was hurt during the incident; so I just have to sort this out with the driver,” said Sokhela.

Thus far, the owner has come only to remove the tyres off his car, she said.

“We have been complaining to the ward councillor about the road not being safe; until now nothing has happened and we are worried about the safety of our children.”

Ward 15 councillor Sandile Gabela said: “This is a new road that we constructed because people wanted it and we have consulted with relevant people about the state of the road,” said Gabela.

“However, due to financial constraints facing the Msunduzi Municipality, we are unable to erect guard rails and speed humps until we have a budget for it.”

He advised drivers particularly to use the road responsibly as it runs alongside houses.

Attempts to reach the owner of the car for comment were unsuccessful at the time of going to print.

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