Taxi driver praised for escaping crash

2013-03-20 13:07
(Picture: Supplied)

(Picture: Supplied)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Pietermaritzburg - Minibus taxi driver Ndumiso Zondi received hugs from his passengers after his reflexes ensured they all escaped unscathed from an accident involving nine vehicles on Tuesday.

Zondi, 35, was on his regular morning trip, taking department of homes affairs staff to New Hanover, past Copesville along the R33 (New Greytown Road), when a bakkie travelling ahead of him veered out of control.

His passengers braced themselves for the worst, but were too terrified to scream. Zondi swerved as he watched the out-of-control bakkie crash into other vehicles ahead of him.

Tears and hugs

His taxi tangled with the bakkie, but Zondi managed to avoid the worst of the collision and all his passengers got off safely.

“I noticed the tyre burst on the bakkie. Then it collided with other traffic and then our taxi as I was swerving off the road. I don’t know how I managed to save our lives,” he said.

Passenger Xolani Ngema was in shock after the accident.

“It happened very quickly. We could not even scream as we were scared and shocked at what was happening to us. After the taxi stopped, we all realised that we were safe and got out. We cried and hugged the driver for saving our lives,” he said.

Other motorists and passengers were not so lucky.

Twenty people were injured and taken to hospitals in the city following the pile-up involving two taxis, two cars and five bakkies.

ER24 spokesperson Derrick Banks said four people sustained serious injuries.

The accident led to the closure of the road for about two hours in morning rush-hour traffic, which was rerouted through Raisethorpe.

Local resident Sibusiso Dube said he heard bangs as the vehicles crashed into one another.

Speed humps

He called for speed humps to be installed in the area.

Taxi owner Nkosinathi Malimela agreed that speed-calming measures were necessary on that stretch of road.

Police spokesperson Joey Jeevan said preliminary investigations indicated that a bakkie travelling towards Greytown had a tyre blow-out.

She said a case of reckless and/or negligent driving was being investigated.

In September 2011, a minibus taxi collided with a truck near the scene of Tuesday's accident, claiming 15 lives. Taxi driver Khululeka Gwala was charged with murder. He goes on trial in the high court in May.


Read more on:    pietermaritzburg  |  accidents  |  good news

Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Inside News24


Only voters can say ANC has problem - Ramaphosa

ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa has down-played problems that have engulfed the party and says only voters can say there is a problem.


Latest elections multimedia

Why Jack Parow wants you to vote on 7 May
The ad the SABC doesn't want to air
Elections 2014 in one cartoon
This year's election posters
  • Thursday Sir Lowry's Pass - 05:35 AM
    Road name: Old Sir Lowrys Pass Road
    TRAFFIC LIGHTS not working at Bezweni Road
  • Thursday Cape Town - 05:35 AM
    Road name: Buitengracht Street
    TRAFFIC LIGHTS not working at Waterkant Street
More traffic reports...

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Escape winter, head to Mauritius

Escape winter by spending 7 nights in Mauritius' tropical bliss from R13 215 per person sharing. Includes return flights, airport transfers and accommodation. Book now! - shop online today

Get many eggs in one basket!

Gaming bundles: 2 Super Hits games for R99, 3 Disney games for R99 and more + exclusive accessory bundles only available on While stocks last. Shop now!

25% off bestselling books!

The Real Meal Revolution by Tim Noakes, Jeffrey Archer’s Be Careful What You Wish for, Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor E. Frank and many more titles. Shop now!

Up to 25% off electronics

Buy top electronics and save up to 25%. Such as’s 1# selling product the gobii eReader, Patriot X Porter flash drive, Asus Nexus 7” 3G tablet, Samsung Galaxy SIII, Lenovo G580 Notebook and many more. Shop now!

DStv HD PVR Decoder now R949

The DStv HD PVR Decoder has further revolutionised the television experience with lifelike viewing, sharper images, more vibrant colours and precision picture quality. Now R949, save R550. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 30% off appliances & homeware

Save up to 30% on appliances and homeware this Easter! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now.

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Samsung Galaxy S III 16GB

There are no straight lines in nature. The Samsung  GALAXY...

From R3525.00

I'm shopping for:


You may be good at organising events but they do take their toll on your energy levels. You may need some time out today just more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.