Tshwane authorities probe drag racing
Johannesburg - Tshwane authorities were
investigating the possibility on Monday morning that three people killed in an
accident on the notorious Voortrekker Road were drag racing, a spokesperson
"The initial witness reports... suggest
that they might have been involved in drag racing," said Tshwane safety and
security spokesperson William Baloyi.
The DA called on the city's mayor on Monday
morning to "intervene immediately to stop the illegal racing in
Voortrekker Road on Sunday evenings", said Moot councillor Elmarie Linde.
"We have submitted two petitions in the
last four years wherein we requested action but to no avail. It is time that
the mayor visits Voortrekker Road on a Sunday evening to see for himself what
is happening there," said DA councillor Hendrik Fourie of Ward 53.
"How many more lives will be lost before
these races are stopped? Not even the petitions, signed by many residents and
motorist, were regarded as important. Spectators who support these races are
just as guilty. Less motorists will race if there are no spectators."
Two people died on the scene and a third died
later in hospital after a horrific crash involving a Nissan 350Z and a Uno
Turbo in Gezina around 20:00 shortly after witnesses said the drag race
The two cars crashed into two other cars,
which were not taking part in the race.
The Nissan then crashed into a pole and burst
into flames, while the Uno broke apart when it hit another pole.
A passenger in the Uno died on the scene and
its driver later died in hospital.
The Nissan's driver also died.