Crash raises housing concerns

2019-09-05 06:01
One of the deceased taken by a forensic van.

One of the deceased taken by a forensic van.

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Residents from Site C are appealing to the City of Cape Town to move all the shacks that are constructed on road reserve to avoid unnecessary accidents.

This came after a driver of a car lost control of the vehicle and crashed into Mdoda shebeen. Two people were killed during the incident on Sunday 16 August.

The shebeen is along Japhta Masemola Road opposite Nolungile train station.

An eye witness who described himself as Diya claimed the driver was driving fast. Diya builds shacks along the busy road.

“I believe the driver was driving more than 120km/h. When it crashed into the shebeen. I thought he was dead. There was a big sound and dust all over,” said Diya adding that the driver was looking as if he was under the influence of alcohol.

Diya lambasted the owner of the shebeen for building the house next to the main road. “A shebeen is not supposed to be constructed next to a main road. When people are drunk they will go in the road. He (owner) should prioritise people’s safety than money,” he said. He urged the City to remove all the shacks that are built on pavements and build them else where.

City’s executive director for safety and security Richard Bosman confirmed the incident. He said two people died on the scene. “Four people suffered serious injuries while five others were slightly injured,” said Bosman.

Ward 87 councillor Mlulami Velem said the City is planning to remove some of the people who built their shacks along the road. “The City is going to remove some of the shacks that are built on the reserve road to open a way to build a road for MyCiTi,” he said adding that he is not sure when the project will start.

However, they need to look for an alternative place before they relocate them, he said.

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