MyNews24 is a user-generated section of The stories here come from users.

Hloni Magadla
Comments: 0
Article views: 2998
Latest Badges:

'I was scared I would die' - student recalls Durban storm horror

11 October 2017, 12:10  - Hloni Magadla

Nkosazana Dambuza tells us about her ordeal in yesterday’s devastating Durban storm. 

I’m a second-year journalism student at Durban University of Technology and this is my story of how I survived the scary storm in Durban.

In the morning, on my way to school, the weather was clear and I had a dress on. Around 10am the storm started while I was on campus. In an attempt to get home I walked to the taxi rank. There I was told that the taxis weren’t operating because it was too dangerous, and there were no buses too. Not knowing what to do – and with my umbrella broken and the wind pushing me back and forth – I just stood there and cried.

A taxi then drove past and everyone ran towards it. It was each man for himself as everyone was worried about their own safety. I wanted to run towards the taxi too but more than 50 people were trying to get into one taxi so I was scared I would get hurt or stomped upon if I also tried to squeeze in. Everyone was trying to get to a place of safety because the wind was unbearable and the rain was pouring down.

Eventually I ran back to campus – only for the campus to get drenched too. A few students and I found a safe elevated area to wait in. As we were waiting everyone was panicking and making phone calls. We were hungry too and a few of decided to brave the weather to get food. I was on campus until 8pm because my mother’s car got stuck in the storm around Umlazi, she was trying to get to me. I called a friend who stays in Pinetown instead and I eventually got home at midnight.

Looking at the devastation after the storm on my way to campus, it all seems so crazy. When I was in the storm I was so scared I would die. I was crying and thinking of my family and their safety, I just wanted to be with them. I was so sad when I realised no one was thinking of the next person and that the spirit of Ubuntu is only a thought. I never thought something like this would happen in our country. We always see such things happening in America and overseas via social media.

I’m very grateful I’m safe. This experience taught me that there are a few good people and I also learnt to always be prepared for anything. I’m still trying to process everything, but the message in my heart is that everyone should lend a helping hand.

Disclaimer: All articles and letters published on MyNews24 have been independently written by members of News24's community. The views of users published on News24 are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent the views of News24. News24 editors also reserve the right to edit or delete any and all comments received.


Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Submitted by
Thandisizwe Mgudlwa
Ramaphosa doomsayers' criticism p...

It may be naive to seek to predict what the outcome of a nation's leader would turn out to be. South Africa's sixth administration is still coming out of the starting blocks. Read more...

0 comments 1110 views
Submitted by
An exodus of talent caused by cor...

When the country sees the very top of the pile getting away with blatant corruption it is little wonder why crime flourishes. Read more...

0 comments 2585 views
Submitted by
Patient abuse: Sharing content mu...

It is extremely easy, taking a mere split-second to share a video, but pre-sharing it, it is the duty and responsibility of the sharer to ethically deem whether the to-be shared content is an infringement on the basic privacy rights of the subject within the video.  Read more...

0 comments 643 views
Submitted by
Russel Bason
Craft policies based on current c...

By crafting policies based on people's current financial situation we are able to assist all poor people, most of whom will be black, without excluding anyone and creating more injustice. Read more...

0 comments 254 views
Submitted by
Matome Herman Seanego
Premier Stan Mathabatha leads the...

As the head of ANC which led Limpopo Province with more than 70% of votes, Stan Mathabatha leads the most dysfunctional province in Africa. Read more...

0 comments 1534 views


Press Code We subscribe to the Press Code.

E-mail Newsletters You choose what you want

News24 on Android Get the latest from News24 on your Android device.

Terms and Conditions Terms and Conditions - Updated April 2012

Interactive Advertising Bureau
© 2019 All rights reserved.
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.