Deadly boomslang in their bakkie: family drove around unawares for two weeks

2011-02-10 00:00

PORT ELIZABETH — A Sardinia Bay family drove around with a deadly boomslang in the cabin of their Isuzu bakkie for two weeks without knowing it.

It was Amoré Bekker’s chat show on RSG that finally made the snake come out of its hiding place and create chaos in the vehicle.

Dalize Bekker, who had unwittingly been driving around with the snake, was still shaking on Tuesday when she told of her experience.

Bekker’s brother, Gerdus, said their dogs had chased the snake under the bakkie at their smallholding near Sardinia Bay, Port Elizabeth, two Saturdays ago. “I saw it was an ugly one with evil intent, but I just couldn’t get him off the petrol tank.”

The Bekkers gave up and hoped the snake would go away while they watched rugby.

It was only when Gerdus got a call from his hysterical sister on Monday afternoon that he remembered the snake.

“Dalize was jumping up and down next to the bakkie and shouted “shoot him, shoot him!”

Dalize said she was doing about 120km/h and listening to the radio when she saw movement out of the corner of her eye.

“I can’t explain at all how I stopped and got out of the car.

“I only know that I got out a few times with the bakkie like a tortoiseshell to my back before I realised I was still buckled up.”

About 15 police officials later arrived on the scene, but they stood back, giving advice from afar.

A snake catcher was called and three hours later the scared snake of about 1.2 m was caught and freed.

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