Car crashes through shop, 6 dead

2012-01-15 10:20

Cape Town - Six people were killed early on Sunday when a Honda Ballade crashed through a shop front in Plumstead, Cape Town, paramedics said.

The car's five occupants, believed to be in their early 20s, were declared dead on the scene in Victoria Road by paramedics, who arrived shortly after 04:00, said ER24 spokesperson Werner Vermaak.

"Another man was found with fatal injuries outside the vehicle. It is understood that the man was a security guard at the shop at the time and was killed by the vehicle when it crashed into the shop."

The cause of the accident was not yet known and would be investigated by the local authorities, Vermaak said.

  • Janice - 2012-01-15 10:32

    Oh my gosh!!! 4 in the morning, makes you wonder???

      Ian - 2012-01-15 10:35

      Cause of crash...........drink!

      Demetrius.Syriopoulos - 2012-01-15 11:23

      wait before you condemn, with proof hang

      Sithando - 2012-01-15 11:24

      Ian you forgot to alcohol and driving in front of drink

      Yar - 2012-01-15 11:26

      @Ian Charles Glass is a poor driver.

      chris.debeer1 - 2012-01-15 11:31

      Lost a very dear friend Xmass morning due to drunken racing driver killing to young people. It is time they and blue light brigades get max penalties for their cowardly actions. Sad driver dead in this case now he does not have the luxury of considering his murderess actions dumb twat!!

      Warrick - 2012-01-15 11:46

      From what i've heard the car was speeding at around 180km/h down Victoria road when they went off the road and hit an ATM next to the Chilli Bar. People are known to speed down the bridge there and the road bends, it's not a safe place to be speeding. My condolences to the families through this horrific time - Especially to the family of the innocent car guard

      George - 2012-01-15 11:46

      @ Ian, No, A shop front in Plumstead

      Anthony - 2012-01-15 12:11

      @The Editor,, WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO THIS SITE???? In a matter of a few months you turned this "article and comment site" into a garbage site. Since you connected this site to FB, hardly anyone posts comments on any "serious" matter,any longer, be it on a polital or any other news worhthy article. And if you do not understand WHY this is, than you should not be an editor, on a site like this. Instead most comments are all about car accidents, murder, assaults, and not to forget, off course, comments about anything silly Malema says or does, and than by the Hundreds!!!!!!!!!! At the time you forced , anyone posting a comment, to do this via his FB account, you were saying that this would promote transparency and quality on this site. Well how wrong can one be!!!!!!!! I doubt , anywhere in the world, there are many sites, with soo much hatred, racism and filth, as here on News24. And a rubbish being posted, which is mind bogging. Why don't you do the honourable thing; pack your bags and go !!!!!!

      ArchAngel - 2012-01-15 12:33

      @anthony: You have the AUDACITY to attack the editor with a post that is positively puerile? Good grief man, get an education first and then comment. You sound like those MalEnema'ites with their *liberation before education* drivel. Go away or start your own thread.

      Anthony - 2012-01-15 13:07

      @Stephan I do read newspapers, and no, I don't drink alcohol. And sure, if you enjoy these comments , have fun. But where you and me, might have a disagreement, is when you mention 'democracy" I believe, in a democracy, it is vitally important, for anyone to be able to make an "anonymous comment" Without this "freedom" is not possible. This editor plays right into the hands of the ones in government who wants to curb criticism. I repeat, this site belongs in the gutters, and this editor is useless

      George - 2012-01-15 13:45

      @ Anthony, try a dube and lighten up a little

      Jay - 2012-01-16 08:54

      @Anthony, why would you want to make an anonymous comment anyway? do you not have the courage of your convictions? do you not believe in what you say? Be proud and say this is who i am and this is what i think. Oh and by the way, click on my name and see where it takes you, not to my facebook page dude...............but to my news 24 page.

      Olivia - 2012-01-22 15:25

      People are up at all hours of morning. Everywhere. I use to go out come home 7am even 11 am. Where I be out with cousins or friends night club or just house party or social get together for braai and games night. Death comes to all ages , any time any day. God did not say oh when you die it will be at 7am to noon. As to wonder why they were out ... that's stupid. They died and that's sad. The party to blame or reason why is unknown and only for us to learn from it if be a lesson. A friend of mine was in that car

  • Lyndatjie - 2012-01-15 10:32

    Oh no..... these poor families... My condolences to those that have to live through this pain...

      Yar - 2012-01-15 11:29

      Especially the poor security guard. RIP.

      steveroodt - 2012-01-15 13:39

      The only good comment here

  • Ghayat - 2012-01-15 10:38

    My deepest sympathy to the families and friends, so sad

  • SLANGza - 2012-01-15 10:52

    VTEC kicked in yo!

  • Ian - 2012-01-15 10:56


      Brenda - 2012-01-15 11:10

      And you know this how? No mention was yet made to what has caused the accident. Granted, chances are that alcohol could have played a role, however, surely before cries of condemnation and judgements can be made, one needs the facts?

      Ian - 2012-01-15 11:22

      sure Brenda, amazing how there vehicle mannaged to get them where they were going, but it crashes coming back, you believe whatever it is you want to believe, they were pissed out of there tree, just watch

      chris.debeer1 - 2012-01-15 11:34

      Brenda Shops and trees normaly run into the speeding way of negligent drunk drivers. So sad Driver dead would have loved to see him in jail!!

      Brenda - 2012-01-15 11:47

      Ian, I do not "believe" in anything yet in terms of the causal factor for the accident, simply because I do not know. I can speculate but at the end of the day, until the facts are presented, it will be nothing more than that.

      Brenda - 2012-01-15 11:54

      Chris, read my comment carefully. I do not discount the fact that alcohol could have played a role, however, I refuse to jump on the typical "burn and hang them" witchhunter mentality bandwagon.

      Ian - 2012-01-15 12:11

      like i said Brenda, they drove safely to there club or pub or party but crash coming back, youngsters in there early 20's , wouldnt be surprised if they took daddys porsche too

      poulie1323 - 2012-01-15 21:46

      ... die families van die oorledenes lees ook hierdie bladsye!... ek hoop en vertrou dat iemand na jou nie dieselde sal oorkom nie!...

      Liesl - 2012-01-16 09:05

      seriously, it doesnt matter if they drank or not...ppl died, u r so insensitive...i wonder if it was ur family that died n someone made this comment what ur reaction would of been...have some respect

  • Anthony - 2012-01-15 11:07


  • Layla Chavon Castle - 2012-01-15 11:07

    DONT ASSUME! Something could have been wrong with the car! Its not for us to judge! Condolences to the deceased 's families :-(

      Ian - 2012-01-15 11:10

      sure and the tooth fairy is coming for us

      Van - 2012-01-15 11:45

      What is the speed limit in town?

      marc.landsberg1 - 2012-01-15 21:03

      Something wrong with the car!...According to the news report the roof was ripped off! I think massive speed and boy racer attitude was the problem...after all what are the most modified cars around...VW's and Honda's

  • vanetia.mentor - 2012-01-15 11:15

    And that was southfield not plumstead. Check out the fb page: Traffic fines, cameras & updates in Cape Town

  • ACEUP - 2012-01-15 11:26

    so sad sure hope its no one I know, I live a few blocks away, condolences to the families, this shockes me what happened to the pubs closing at two?

  • Demetrius.Syriopoulos - 2012-01-15 11:27

    in fact i support the charge for driving drunt to be attempted murder and killing someone while drunk, murder. however have the facts. jumping to conclutions is so bad. Ian you are probuble 100% correct, however unless you were one of the paramedics there you don't know yet. immagine your child having a collition, no injuries, but gets locked up because another Ian said, "drunk" with no proof. sure yu would condemn that other Ian saying that and getting your child locked up.

  • peter222imnida - 2012-01-15 11:31

    Condolences to the security man's family.

  • Michael - 2012-01-15 11:35

    I call it "THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS" generation or even culture. Every young person wants to have a 'dropped'car with tinted windows and low profiles. While driving the seat back must be as far back as possible with the radio blaring at maximum volume. How safe can that be?? I see these kids driving with just their eyes sticking over the steering wheel straining to properly see the road! This while cruising mostly below the speed limit frustration everybody behind them. I have also lost a friend through this F & F attitude. While I do not wish this upon anyone I believe it is their own fault. I feel very sorry for the families of these people and for the innocent that get killed or hurt. I wish that the government will put laws in place to restrict the over inclination of drivers'seats. (I am not saying that this was the cause of the accident just that something needs to be done about this gangsta attitude).

  • Piston - 2012-01-15 11:38

    How did they manage this...Shops/Plumstead/60km zone...

      chris.debeer1 - 2012-01-15 11:44

      Easy Shopfront drunk ran into road at one hell of a speed. I am assuming driver was sober and driving within speed limits. Don't want to jump to conclusions and upset others and say it may be driver that was drunk and racing

  • Heinrich - 2012-01-15 11:38


      Oscar - 2012-01-16 10:16

      Why Tik?What ever the cause was of the accident is not important.Lives were lost cmon guys let them rest in peace.Yes they could of been drunk and reckless,who are we 2 judge.Family a parent or just a good friend were lost in this accident.............

  • Marshall - 2012-01-15 11:39

    A fast car, 5 young people, late partying... a fatal combination. May all their souls rest in peace.

  • Alva - 2012-01-15 11:40

    Wow! 04h00? Must be a terrible shock for the families!

      George - 2012-01-15 11:50

      Nasty wakeup call

  • IanBerry001 - 2012-01-15 11:41

    How do you crash into a shop so hard that 6 people are killed, presumably in a 60km/h zone? Booze and speeding, along with poor reflexes, is the one answer that leaps to mind...

      IanBerry001 - 2012-01-15 11:42

      Poor reflexes brought on by the booze, no doubt

      George - 2012-01-15 11:50

      New booze cruse

  • Carol - 2012-01-15 11:53

    My sympathy goes out to the Security Guard's family. After all he was only doing his job, guarding a shop in Victoria Road, which just happens to be a stright road where this accident took place.

      Betweenuandme - 2012-01-15 13:31

      Most likely breadwinner of his family too. My condolences and sympathy to his family.

      ricardow - 2012-01-16 11:55

      If you coming of the bridge that road is not straight, the road only straightens after Wepener Road which is literally the foot of the bridge... chilli bar is like 30m from Wepener Road... so enough speed will send your car flying out that little bend

  • Johan - 2012-01-15 12:05


  • DuToitCoetzee - 2012-01-15 12:09

    All The sign are there. Time of the morning. Place where it took place. Age group. Honda( Popular for "conversions" on engines in Cape Town because the engine is suitable for it, cheap and the Corollas became less.) Condolences to the families. Specially to the security-guard's

  • Nicholas - 2012-01-15 12:11

    If this had happened last month, it would have been blamed on the "Christmas Carnage"

  • Graham - 2012-01-15 12:25

    speed kills,have extricated enough youngsters who show extreme bravery and arrogence when letting their horse power loose , poor security guard probably never saw them coming

  • Rob - 2012-01-15 12:27

    Don't always blame alcohol for these things. There are a tremondous amount of young chaps hyped up on meth and other drugs, and they get away completely free at road blocks at the breathalyzers can't detect drugs.

  • Rodney Salters - 2012-01-15 12:30

    You know we can all comment and talk. However only if it is your own son, your brother, your friend who you played with and worked with and loved so much; only then you would understand. So many say "honda,drunk,young,poor guard etc." Really, please have some remourse for the people who have lost these lives. One of my friends was in this accident. As true as some of these comments are it just hurts to see them being put out ther in such a harsh way. With tears in my eyes I thank you for your respects. Left behind

      chris.debeer1 - 2012-01-15 12:40

      Sure my hart felt sympathy for passengers and Guard But Driver Sorry he was a Peep !@#$% A$$hole. I lost friend x-mass day due to same type incident where a Drunk Twat thought he was Racing Driver. Law should be very very harsh on such idiots!! Sory Driver is dead would loved to see his ass in jail!!!

      Amber-leigh Samuels - 2012-01-15 12:41

      I totaly agree to ur comment my condolences to there family and may u no that ur kids are in God hands from the man above!its not eady to let go but remeber God has his way of working!its a total shock to hear but all we can say now is be safe on roads its not bout alcohol accidents happens very quick soba or drunk!take care all arrive alive!

      ArchAngel - 2012-01-15 12:42

      @Rodney: condolences. However, so you say that they WERE DRUNK OR ON METH, and WERE SPEEDING then? Your comments seem to indicate that those statements are true. Was this their Lifestyle then? And if you knew that this is what they do, WHY DID YOU NOT STOP THEM?

  • Deeteem - 2012-01-15 12:48

    Spoilt kids, alchohol, drugs and ego = DEATH !!

  • Pixie86 - 2012-01-15 13:13

    was i reading a different article? Where does it mention drugs or alcohol? Did you consider that the driver could have had a medical problem? Why are you so quick to judge?

  • Dino - 2012-01-15 13:23

    It has been proven that the reason for accidents is not drinking n driving, but actually drivers being fatigue. The driver probably got tired and took a nap. If tired stop n TIP

  • Royston - 2012-01-15 13:30

    They were coming back from a 21st birthday party - you do the math............

  • Stephen - 2012-01-15 13:35

    I drive and do deliveries for a living in Capetown, and i have seen it all, drunk drivers,driving on the wrong side of the road , taxi's pushing me out of the way, traffic police not even worrying about the parking situations in and around town, They must have been racing, and 9 times out of 10 drink is involved,

  • Stephen - 2012-01-15 13:37

    Most prob drinking and driving and racing down that road

  • franco.raffa - 2012-01-15 13:58

    Sad about the security guard.

  • Rob - 2012-01-15 14:32

    There are a lot of drag racers that hang around that area, and hopefully this will send a message to them about the way that they conduct themselves. Most of them are spoilt brats with modified cars that they are not capable of handling(loads of them without even hyaving drivers licenses), and they take the lives of all other innocent road users in the area into their hands. The passengers in the cars are just as bad as the drivers and most of the time are encouraging the drivers and egging them on. Major shame about the car guard who would have been an innocent bystander. These obnoxious little bastards that race around on our roads need to be dealt with in the most serious way possible

  • geneburrow - 2012-01-15 15:15

    I'm not in the least bit surprised. I live off Victoria Road and the number of idiots who come speeding down the road at all hours is astounding. Any death is sad, but I really feel for the security guard. I have no sympathy for the driver.

  • Vivian - 2012-01-15 15:55

    Take me drunk, I'm home again........

  • bradley.tourell - 2012-01-15 16:20

    I can sa that I saw this car. Living in Plumstead myself. I saw it at 10am... and they had only managed to wrench the car free at that point. I did not even know it was a Honda. It could have been a Beetle for all I knew. The kids inside... I wonder if any of them uttered any word of intellegence or resposibility and told the driver, "you're just going too fast" I wonder how long they had before the brainless grins were wiped fron their faces. And what was going through their minds when they realised. We've just blown our one chance at this thing we call life. Condolences to their families. Who I'm sure had tried to teach them better. And deepest grief to the security guard. He had a terrible job, a terrible life through that job, and a terrible death. How awefull!

  • Danielle Swartz - 2012-01-15 17:04

    My deepest condolences to the family and friends of these souls that was called home into the beyond at the early hours of the morning..nothing was mentioned about drugs or alcohol. .so we shouldn't judge !! my heart also goes out to the innocent security gaured. .could it be that he perhaps had a family waiting for him at home? children and perhaps a wife? could it be that he perhaps was the only bread winner in the house? we don't know a thing but what we should do is keep them and there friends and family in our midst,may GOD be with them through this time of bereavement!!

  • akaRags - 2012-01-15 17:21

    As sad as it is for youngsters to loose their lives, whatever the cause of the accident, and although it may not have been because of booze, how many youngsters out for the night, driving around at 4am would have NOT been partying/drinking? Very few I reckon. Even if they hadn't been drinking, how many youngsters these days, driving around at that time, think they are invincible - ie, with the attitude of "nothing will happen, we'll be fine, we are young, we can drive like F1 drivers, our reflexes are good, no worries"? Quite a lot I reckon. I've never driven under the influence, and I'm not justifying it, but I know what it's like to be young, when you think the world is at your feet and you don't think of the consequences of your actions. Still though, we live in a country with among the highest number of traffic related deaths in the world, and yet week after week, there is always a news story of a horror accident - isn't it time we woke up as a country, and started paying attention, isn't it time way more people started driving safely and obeying ALL the rules of the road? Until the South African attitude of driving changes, - from those who enforce the laws to the general public, too many people will continue dying on our roads.

  • Ian - 2012-01-15 19:58

    4am,Early 20's, HONDA BALLADE? Eish... What a bad combo.

      bradlesliect - 2012-01-15 22:44

      GET OFF YOUR SOAPBOX, GO FIND A BRIDGE AND BUNGEE WITHOUT A HARNESS!! There have been times that i am out at 4am or what about you? not out at time? Imagine you being involved in an accident, a fatal one, and fortunate enough to be the only survivor? Let me guess... "NO! I WAS NOT DRUNK!", " NO! I DO NOT DO DRUGS!", "NO! I DID NOT SPEED!" Would you still however be able to live with yourself? Come on...please think about what you saying! The obvious is not always the obvious!

  • Warren - 2012-01-15 20:48

    I know one of the occupants personally.His fiance is only 21.Rest in peace Ezra.

  • Clive - 2012-01-15 21:37

    I tend to agree with Anthony; go back to the old system when you logged onto, not fb.

  • Tina Nonca Mpubane - 2012-01-16 00:08

    People only understand situations when its people they know. May ur soul rest in peace Neil Asia, condolences to all the families involved ur kids are in a better place God still loves through this all and haven't forgotten about you. This was their time just like ours is still coming

  • Haylene Malgas - 2012-01-16 00:26

    Very sad story, I dnt knw them but I knw how it feels to loose a friend in a car accident. I also know alcohol played a big role.condolences 2 the families, only HE knws why!!!

  • Herman - 2012-01-16 06:02

    Tik and alcohol, finish and klaar. I have no sympathy. Only for the poor security guard.

      Tracey Dennison - 2012-01-16 09:35

      U a real idiot to say something like that when u clearly don't know these boys or what happend.ignorant! Rather keep quiet if u have nothing good to say. This is a sad time for many and you must be heartless to just throw around words like that.they all served the Lord and did not do shut up!

  • Tracey-Lee - 2012-01-16 08:11

    R.I.P EZRA PIETERSEN you will be sorely missed , My deepest symphaty to the family ,You were a wonderful young man

  • GMTTRD - 2012-01-16 08:35

    He was a good friend to me, and to many. you guys judge so quickly but those who know him, knew him would say otherwise. Something happened but sadly no one will hear the truth. believe what you want. god has this under control...

  • Angela - 2012-01-16 08:43

    What is not in the story is that these men had been at ZAR club in Green Point and were on their way home. They WERE speeding - there are reliable witness reports. The guard whom they hit worked by day as a barber and a car guard at night to make a living. An honest living. His family..... let's think of them. He is the innocent in all of this.

  • moni.field - 2012-01-16 09:15

    I believe one should not judge others, God knows what happened there., we do not so we should just now “assume things”... The guys of the vehicle is friends with a friend of mine... It’s really sad to have so many young people die at once. May all 6 of them R.I.P. To their families my deepest condolence, my heartfelt sympathy to all of you.

  • Ally - 2012-01-16 10:16

    This was no accident -- the driver must at some stage have been in control of the car and then made the decision to drive at a speed beyond what was save for the conditions. The cause of the crash was therefore probably driver error ... it doesn't take a rocket scientist to work that out. The pity is that he wiped out a five other lives in the process. I hope the family of the driver steps up and compensates the family of the car guard, the one truly innocent victim in this incident.

      Ally - 2012-01-16 17:08

      Witnesses on scene say the driver was doing in excess of the speed limit. Many people have come to the defence of these young people, saying all sorts of good and kind things. Fact remains, driver error caused the crash, ergo ... Anyone heard of the Darwin Awards? Well, the driver's just made it onto the local list. Congratulations!

  • Mishkah GummyBear Losper - 2012-01-16 11:34

    You guys are so kwick 2 judge these boys!! U don't know them the driver doesn't do drugs and he doesn't even drink much 3 ciders and that's it he was a safe driver as far as I'm concernd and doesn't do racing only god knows what happend stop being so selfish and let there souls rest in peace!! Don't assume things if you don't know what happened!!

      Angela - 2012-01-16 12:07

      Mishkah - I can understand how upset you are but putting emotion aside and looking at this analytically. 1. There is no way the guard would have been flung this distance he was if he was not hit with speed. Witnesses have estimated that the car was going at least 160k. If anyone knows this road it is pure suicide to drive at this speed. 2. It is not relevant if the driver was drinking or doing drugs, as all the ads say "Speed Kills" and this is yet another example. 3. Look at the car and the trail of destruction caused by the impact. This does point to excessive speed. 4. We all wish peace for their souls and that of their families. 5. And again - let us think of the hardworking car guard - he was completely innocent - he had not been out "jolling" on a Saturday night. He had been working his night job. Let us too think of his family. They have had a young hardworking man taken from then unnecessarily.

  • Tough - 2012-01-16 12:12

    According to a local tabloid, the guys were working on the cars steering on Saturday morning. Not sure if this contributed to this sad event, but the bottom line is that speed kills