‘Witness’ readers share ‘weird’ experiences of sightings

2011-03-26 00:00

MORE sightings of the strange phenomenon that was spotted in the skies above the city on Tuesday evening have come in.

The Witness published eyewitness accounts of an object seen in the midlands this week.

Maud Simelane e-mailed to say that while driving from Mooi River towards Howick at around 6.40 pm she “saw a very bright light moving”.

“At first, I thought it was a jet flying then I realised it was a shooting star, but it lasted longer and moved slower than a shooting star.” She described the sight as “very strange”.

Roz Jordan saw the phenomenon as she went past Cedara Agricultural College at 6.35 pm.

“I saw a bright green light [circle shaped] over Cedara College. I thought it must be a landing light on a plane, but as I watched, it was going so fast (it became like a tube of light), I thought even a plane can’t go that fast and then it just disappeared. I called Oribi air traffic control to find out whether a plane flew over at that time and they said ‘no’. Weird!”

Luke Mtshali saw something he couldn’t explain at 5.30 am.

Just after Ashburton, he happened to look up ahead in the sky and saw “orange-like light(s)”.

“Initially I thought it was an aeroplane, but it just stayed there not moving. Eventually I forgot about it as I had to also watch where I was going,” he said.

Local resident Derek du Toit said he read the reports with interest. Du Toit’s own account of a strange bright light in the sky was carried in Weekend Witness on May 9, 2009. He saw a bright light hanging in the sky over Bisley Game Reserve and watched as it seemed to explode and vanish in a bright flash. He said that since that experience he had become curious about the phenomenon of UFOs. Then gazing up from his workplace in Willowton a month ago in broad daylight, he saw another sight, which he says was witnessed by others at work during lunchtime too.

“There were seven bright round objects moving slowly over Pietermaritzburg. I pointed them out to some colleagues, one of whom dismissed the sight as parachutes. But at that height, you would see the person dangling underneath, and there was no one there.” Du Toit later called Oribi Airport, which confirmed that parachuting no longer takes place there.



DEREK du Toit urges anyone who sees strange phenomena in the sky that they cannot immediately explain to take note of these factors:

* When was it seen — time and date?

* Approximate size, colour and height above ground

* Flight behaviour of the object

* Duration it was seen for

“Once you have considered all these factors, you decide for yourself,” said Du Toit.

Log on to www.saufor.com for a local take on what’s happening in the skies in terms of the unexplained.

E-mail details of any strange sightings to newsed@witness.co.za

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