Woman’s death sparks protest

2016-02-18 06:00
Peet Venter staged a two-day silent demonstration opposite Nina’s Restaurant in Da Gama Road after a visitor from Switzerland was killed in a horrific vehicle accident on Friday. Photo: MONIQUE BASSON

Peet Venter staged a two-day silent demonstration opposite Nina’s Restaurant in Da Gama Road after a visitor from Switzerland was killed in a horrific vehicle accident on Friday. Photo: MONIQUE BASSON

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THREE days after a foreign visitor to Jeffreys Bay was killed in a horrific accident, a resident staged a silent two-day demonstration opposite Nina’s Restaurant.

Armed with a huge red and white poster sta-ting Are you next? Demand law enforcement! and a South African flag flapping in the wind, an irate Peet Venter boldly “planted” himself on the middleman in Da Gama Road on Monday and Tuesday in protest of the accident on Friday evening that claimed the life of a volunteer from Switzerland and injured another two people.

Venter, whose birthday was on Tuesday, demands action from law enforcement to put an end to the senseless road carnage that is on the increase in Jeffreys Bay.

“We must stand together as a community and demand that proactive steps are put in place to assure the safety of the Kouga community,” says Venter. “It is only by uniting as a community that we will be able to accomplish this. We are not helpless victims, we need to do something and fight for what is right.”

The accident occurred on Friday, February 12, just after 21:00 as the deceased and her three friends - who were all volunteers at the local non-profit organisation Timion - left the parking area at Jeffreys Bay SuperSpar and drove into Da Gama Road after having supper at Nina’s, only a few minutes after they have taken what was to be their last group photo.

According to an eye witness, the accident was caused by the driver of a blue Golf that came speeding down the road and smashed into the Citi Golf.

“The culprit came down Da Gama Road with a hellish speed and sparks flying from the tyres, bypassing a near-stationary vehicle that had run out of fuel. Only seeing the near-stationary vehicle, the victims assumed it to be safe to cross the road - not being able to anticipate or see the other vehicle.

“The speedometer of the oncoming vehicle came to a standstill at 160km/h. I cannot say with certainty that that was the speed the culprit was driving, but it makes one wonder.”

Debris and oil marks defacing the road and middleman for several metres, clearly indicate that the speeding car hit the vehicle of the victim at the intersection of Da Gama Road and the parking lot and only came to a standstill at the Engen Garage.

It is furthermore alleged that the driver and his three passengers, who sustained only minor injuries, fled the scene of the accident.

According to Kagiso Sebetso from Timion, an NPO that is dedica-ted to working with marginalised children with disabilities in the rural areas and townships - the driver and his wife who was sitting in the front passenger seat, were unscathed as the back of the vehicle received most of the blow.

“The young man and woman in the back of the vehicle sustained serious injuries. It was a Godsend that an Austrian doctor on holiday in South Africa was in the restaurant at the time. His presence was invaluable at the scene of the accident as he was able to accompany the injured to the hospital in Humansdorp,” says Sebetso.

“Unfortunately the young woman passed away shortly after arri-ving at the hospital. The male underwent extensive surgery for his leg and pelvis and is in a stable condition.”

As a community, Timion, would like to thank the deceased for her service and for giving her time to help those in need.

“The accident is a devastating event for all members involved, but as a community it is important to praise this phenomenal young lady for the legacy she left to those around her and the children she worked with. We offer our deepest condolences to her family, who were due to visit for a holiday this week.

“The driver has continued to show incredible mercy towards the other driver involved. Especially until the facts are revealed he urges that we redirect our anger into something constructive. As he so bravely put; we can’t understand the state of mind that the driver is in, he could be in a dark place right now but it is up to us as humans to come together. The team at Timion only wishes for God’s love and forgiveness to shine through this ordeal. May this help to instil a new sense of purpose and compassion, and not fear, into our hearts.

A case of reckless and negligent driving and a case of culpable ho-micide are being investigated by the Jeffreys Bay Police.

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