Two people targeted by rock throwers at Higginson Highway Bridge

2014-03-18 00:00

A DURBAN man, who narrowly missed injury, when a rock was hurled at his car, is so traumatised by the incident that he now parks on the side of the road before attempting to drive under a bridge.

Rothnan Thusi (24) and Elizabeth Archibald were both targeted by rock throwers at the Higginson Highway Bridge on the N2 on Sunday.

Thusi said a rock smashed into the bumper of his VW Polo Classic. He was travelling from Isipingo with a friend, Thando Ngidi, when this incident happened around 5 pm. Thusi was in a daze when the incident happened and first thought he had been involved in an accident.

“I think I must have stayed parked for about two minutes inside the car because I was so shocked.” He told The Witness that Ngidi, told him that she saw three young children running away from the bridge.

Thusi now has to cough out about R3 000 to fix his uninsured vehicle.

“I’m still shocked. This is the first time something like this has ever happened to me, I don’t trust anyone now.”

Archibald said she was driving with her husband, George, from Amanzimtoti to Hillcrest, when they heard a “big bang”. Archibald, who was behind the wheel of her Chevrolet bakkie, said she stopped to inspect the damages and found that her bonnet had a dent and the windscreen had scratches.

“It was just a scare. The sound was so loud. It’s sad because these kids should be playing cricket or rugby instead of throwing stones,” she added.

The couple now have to pay about R2 000 for excess toward the insurance to fix their car. Archibald said she will have to be more cautious now and a police case has since been opened.

“I just thank God that I don’t pass any bridges on my way to work,” she added.

Both Thusi and Archibald realise that the rock throwing incident could have had tragic consequences.

Three young rock throwers, who threw a concrete slab off the Candella Road Bridge killing Siphesihle Zola Zuma in November 2010, were found guilty of murder by the Durban Magistrate’s Court last year and were sentenced to 10 years.

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