Municipal truck crashes into house in Imbali

2018-07-04 06:02
Nonhle Hadebe standing in her yard after a municipal truck crashed into it on Saturday.PHOTO: lethiwe makhanya

Nonhle Hadebe standing in her yard after a municipal truck crashed into it on Saturday.PHOTO: lethiwe makhanya

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A WEEKEND that was meant to be joyful turned into a nightmare for the Hadebe family at Imbali Unit 3 when a municipal truck crashed into their yard on Saturday evening.

The truck crashed through the brick wall after the driver allegedly lost control.

Nonhle Hadebe, who is the owner of the house, told Echo that she was preparing for bed when she heard a big bang outside. She said her two children were still busy watching television when the incident happened.

“It was just after 8 pm when I heard a big bang. I thought it was a thunderstorm and I quickly rushed outside to check what it was. I saw a municipal truck in my yard and people were coming to see what had happened. I was so shocked when I saw it that I did not even know what to say.

“The truck had three people inside who all appeared intoxicated. We then established that the driver of the truck worked for the municipality and the two men with him were his friends. When I asked them what led to them into crashing into my brick wall, the driver told me that it was due to a brake failure.

“The neighbours who saw the truck coming told us that the truck was travelling at a very high speed,” she said.

She said the truck did not only destroy her house but her two neighbours were affected too. She also said that what was more hurtful was that the municipality had not come to see the damage caused by its truck and employee.

“The damage is estimated to be R 66 000. We do not even know if the municipality is going to compensate me or not. They [municipality] have not told me anything other than that they are going to come and clean the yard. No one has come to see us, not even the ward councillor has come.

“I am very grateful that no one was hurt. The old car that is always parked outside the house helped as it served as a barricade because the truck crashed into it straight after crashing into the brick wall. The truck would have crashed straight into the house otherwise.”

She said all three people that were is the truck were taken away by an ambulance but they later learned that only the driver was admitted to hospital.

Makhosi Mbanjwa, who’s home was also affected, said she thought that they were going to die when they heard a big bang.

“I thought it was a bomb. I told the children to quickly come out of the house because we were going to die. We do not feel safe anymore.

“We have been asking the municipality to build speed humps for the past two years but nothing has happened. This place is dangerous because of the way the road bends. We live in fear now because we wonder when another car or another truck will crash into our houses again,” she said.

Msunduzi Municipality spokesperson Thobeka Mafumbatha said the matter is being investigated.

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