‘Do something before someone is killed’

2019-06-05 06:01
photo: andile sithole Molly Pistorius (left) and her friend Ernie Weyks in front of the wall that collapsed when a car crashed into her yard.

photo: andile sithole Molly Pistorius (left) and her friend Ernie Weyks in front of the wall that collapsed when a car crashed into her yard.

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A PENSIONER in Durban Street who survived two separate incidents of cars crashing into her retaining wall and landing in her yard is calling on road enforcement agencies to put speed humps on Durban Street to avoid a fatal accident occurring.

The first accident happened on Sunday, May 26 and the second occurred the following night, on Monday, May 27.

Molly Pistorius (75) and her friend Ernie Weyks (86) said they are still reeling from shock.

Pistorius said: “I was in my bedroom when I heard this hell of a noise: I thought I heard a band. Then my neighbour phoned me and said there was a car in my yard. As I was going to the kitchen, I peeped though the window. I could not believe my eyes when I saw a red car on my property. I thought it was coming for me. I got a shock. I could not move. After a while I phoned my grandchild, who told me I must press the alarm button and Field Security came to check if everything was okay.”

The driver apparently knocked down a street sign a few metres away from Pistorius’ house before it crashed through the wall and landed in the yard.

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“On Monday night I was in my room when I heard another bang. When I went out to investigate, I could not believe it when I saw another car in my yard. I said to myself:‘This can’t be true’. I phoned my friend, who came out to see if I was fine. The guy who caused the accident was driving a white bakkie,”Pistorius said.

According to residents, accidents happen often in Durban Street.

“This was not the first accident. So many cars have landed in my yard before and I am not feeling safe anymore. Something should be done about this road. Authorities should at least put speed humps on this road to avoid any possible fatalities. People walking in the street could have been hurt. I thank God, who was over us. If the driver in the second accident did not hit a tree, his bakkie could have landed in my house,” said Pistorius. Ward councillor Wilson Khoza: “I will contact the Department of Transport to come and do inspection of the road. We are aware of the accidents happening on Durban Street.”

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