Family’s ‘escape’ on Worker’s Day

2017-05-10 06:00

A BUSINESSMAN and his family were traumatised after protesters threw a boulder at their vehicle on Monday, May 1 in Wanda Cele Road.

Jonathan Feasey laid charges at Amanzimtoti Police Station on Tuesday following the incident where the boulder was hurled during a service protest the previous night.

Feasey’s wife and four young children were in the vehicle with him.

“At around 8.30pm we were on our way home, I was approaching Wanda Cele Road from Adams Road, turning left into it. Next thing, I came around a blind corner and there were about 250 people throwing rocks and burning tyres.

“Then a person threw a massive boulder at my vehicle. I had my children three, four and 12-year-old girls and another child in the back. It was not a small protest, it was a minimum of 300 metres to 400 metres long and a car would not have been able to go through. Thankfully we were in a 4x4 and I swerved onto the curb, narrowly missing a telephone pole,” Feasey explained.

“The boulder hit just above the door-line, I shudder to think what would have happened if it hit five centimetres­ below, it would have hit the children in the head. Thankfully no one was injured. My children were extremely traumatised and could not sleep.”

Feasey managed to contact the CCPO emergency line as soon as he was out of the situation and was told that SAPS were aware of the problem, but no authorities were n scene.

CCPO’s George Snodey said protocol is that when the CCPO gets a call on the CCPO radio their emergency service­ contacts the relevant authorities.

At the time of going to press Fever was unable to establish the time of the call to SAPS or whether it was to Amanzimtoti or KwaMakhuta SAPS.

Amanzimtoti SAPS PRO, Captain Charlene van der Spuy said the initial protest action started in the Kwamakhuta SAPS Jurisdiction.

“Amanzimtoti SAPS were only informed around 8pm and members were dispatched immediately.”

Reportedly KwaMatkutha residents held the hostile service protests as a result of no having water.

Councillor André Beetge said that eThekwini is putting in a new water mainline to supply the area.

“It will take some time to lay the line. Water tankers were deployed and roaming the area.

“When I heard about the protests, I phoned the water superintendent on duty and he confirmed there were no water problems reported or outstanding on their clipboards,” he said.

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