Jika Joe riot after pedestrian run over

2009-10-19 00:00

JIKA Joe informal settlement residents rioted and burnt tyres in the middle of the main road into the city on Friday after a hit-and-run incident, which came soon after the death of another pedestrian.

Mbali Mthembu (16) is in hospital after she was hit by a car whose driver did not stop afterwards. “She was walking on the pavement when the driver of the car lost control and the vehicle grazed her and she was thrown over the guardrails. The driver did not stop, but I saw him. It was an Indian man and a child in school uniform was in the passenger seat,” said a witness who took down the registration number.

Morning traffic was disrupted on Manning Road near the informal settlement when angry shack dwellers flocked to the road and protested, demanding the installation of traffic calming measures. “We want speed humps on this road. Vehicles exceed the speed limit on this road and it’s dangerous because there are always people walking on the pavement,” one of the protesters said.

The incident occurred four days after a vehicle knocked down a couple walking on the pavement. Vuyo Mtolo died and his girlfriend was injured when they were hit by a car. “… this car came and struck both of them. We had just finished collecting donations[for the funeral] when this [the hit-and-run accident] happened,” said a resident.

The SA Police Service and the municipal traffic police arrived on the scene and removed the barricades and dispersed the rioters. No incidents of violence were reported. Msunduzi traffic head Kenneth Chetty and ward councilor Peter Green tried to address the angry crowd.

They promised to put up a speed-trapping camera in the interim and speed-calming measures in the long term. The road stretches from the Mountain Rise traffic light and joins Jabu Ndlovu (Loop) Street in town. The speed limit is 80 km/h, and after speed humps are built it will be reduced to 40 km/h.

SAPS spokesman Senior Superintendent Henry Budhram said the police are investigating the hit-and-run case.

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