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Official startled by accident during interview

2014-02-07 12:05

Johannesburg - A public safety official was left startled when a car accident took place in the background of an interview with SABC television news about the state of a North West road notorious for accidents.

The province's public safety portfolio committee chairperson, Mahlakeng Mahlakeng, whistled as he turned around to see what had happened.

"This guy [the motorist], what is he doing?" he said.

Before the car, which had been towing another car, drove past, Mahlakeng told the SABC that the Lichtenburg-Koster road continued to be a problem.

"As we speak, the road continues to kill our people," he said.

"The road continues to be more expensive ... The last amount that we were given by the department was R220m, that was spent already on this particular road."

Just then, a car towing another passes, veers off the road, and they come to a halt, one car on its side on a small embankment.

They narrowly missed a pedestrian, who had run to safety.

The SABC footage was posted on YouTube a short while later and by 10:00 it had been viewed over 300 times.

YouTube user Sbongiseni Mazibuko responded: "News worth watching..."

Another user, Fortune Mgwili-Sibanda, said: "This is too perfect, it couldn't have been staged."

Another person commented: "Classic."

A newsreader said nobody had been injured in the accident.

Watch the video here:


Comments
  • Tshililo Tshikota - 2014-02-07 12:14

    What are the odds? Lol

      Craig Eyles - 2014-02-07 12:44

      well considering the speed that numpty was driving at, the odds are probably quite high.

  • Crabclaw - 2014-02-07 12:15

    It looks like the car being towed is dicing the towing car ! Priceless. And what happened to the R220-m ?

      Nic Mechanic - 2014-02-07 12:18

      ...zuma took it...obviously....

      Jakes Mullins - 2014-02-07 12:31

      Definitely being towed. Even borders on being "staged".

  • Jan Grimbeek - 2014-02-07 12:16

    Hahahaha !

  • Nic Mechanic - 2014-02-07 12:16

    saw it live on tv thursday evening......classic!...

  • Ben - 2014-02-07 12:17

    LOL."Dis guy. What is he doing?"

  • Ding Bat - 2014-02-07 12:19

    Looks staged.

  • Eugene Fourie - 2014-02-07 12:19

    staged..lmao

  • Werner Nel - 2014-02-07 12:19

    Look at the state of that road behind him, what do they expect! They are maintaining absolutely nothing in this country. And if they do fix it they putt up a toll gantry!

  • Mc Apple - 2014-02-07 12:23

    Isn't this guys the previous MEC for Transport, Roads and Public Works? The one that was "let go" or rather "redeployed" is seems due to "irregularities" while ironically "building" and "fixing" roads?

  • SunshinyDay - 2014-02-07 12:32

    In the governments defense, those people were going much faster than the legal 30kms an hour when towing a vehicle. The road does look pretty shocking though. Glad I don't have to drive there.

  • John Khulubuse Hill - 2014-02-07 12:42

    R220M shambles

  • Bomi Shinga - 2014-02-07 12:56

    I laughed at this. And the SABC repoter said "politicians can be prophets"

      Willa Prinsloo - 2014-02-07 13:13

      Clowns. All politicians. We elect them to make arses of themself.

      Ernest Foster - 2014-02-07 18:46

      Would have been even better if it was a blue light brigade that came short.

  • Zom Apo - 2014-02-07 12:58

    African culture at its best - no maintenance, no respect for human lives, no pride in what they do.

  • Zinjivawa Hlungs - 2014-02-07 13:00

    News of the Century, the monies meant for service delivery that keep disspearing and others praising the loot was gonna do better to improve lives than this.

  • Janine Filmer - 2014-02-07 13:05

    That poor pedestrian must have got the fright of his life! The timing could not have been more perfect.

  • Wes Schoch - 2014-02-07 13:09

    He should have been towing using a tow-bar not a nylon strap. Classic...

  • Sean Tearnan - 2014-02-07 13:13

    Road in shocking condition, money not spent on road spent more likely in some one else pocket

  • Zolile Vimba - 2014-02-07 13:14

    The report just made my day and I quote "Proving that some MPs might be prophets"

  • olwethu.hoyana - 2014-02-07 13:14

    Zom Apo you are a naive idiot. What has a road accident caused by a speeding fool got to do with African Culture? Folk like you belong in the Stone Ages..sies!!

  • Terence Esterhuizen - 2014-02-07 13:18

    I travel this road quite often and all i can do is pray to be safe on this road, its horrendous

  • Clintleeh - 2014-02-07 13:38

    What road? It seems to flow onto a dirt track without any warning signs or signals. Ever driven a vehicle on tar and then suddenly it falls away to gravel? No wonder people gets killed and come night time you will only fall into that dirt track when its already to late!

  • Nicholas von Stein - 2014-02-07 13:49

    Irony gods out in full force!

  • Auzzie Johnson - 2014-02-07 13:57

    Its very easy...they get the budget then whoever(The Minister(public works) then local council) handles that budget takes his/her cut from it then it goes down the line...the next in charge takes his/her cut and so it goes until what is really left of it is supposed to be used for the project and whoever get the contract tender at the bottom still have to bribe the accountant at council level for his cut and so the looting goes on and we wonder why there is,as they proclaim "not enough money" to complete the project...it happened with Leeukop prison,the new hospital in soweto,the Eskom LIMA hydro-electrical plant project in mpumalanga...ALL of them never got completed due to the sickness in cANCer...and this is TRUE

  • Ntokozo Mkhwanazi - 2014-02-07 14:02

    ya ne es waar this country, the worse is still to come....

  • No Sugarcoating - 2014-02-07 14:25

    Pathetic, no road markings, gravel road on left hand side causing gravel to be strewn in left hand lane - no warning sign. the towing speed was too high, as the driver tries to go around the gravel, the driver goes into skid due to the gravel on the road and the towed vehicle not knowing why the towing vehicle is taking evasive action. The towing driver manages to control the skid well. Yes, Mr Mahlakeng, without road markings the road is a killer , please check if road markings are stated in the contract and if payment was made for the paint was made to the contractors.

  • Hans de Waal - 2014-02-07 14:36

    The towing vehicle was going too slow so the genius behind him thought he would overtake......eish but I forgot about the rope. This is so funny and just typical of the mentality (or should I say stupidity) of the average road user in SA. They should have been going much slower and used a solid tow bar and not a rope!

      Thato Loeto - 2014-02-07 21:09

      you should drive along that road and see it yourself. the road is coming down a relatively steep decline then it suddenly turns into a gravel road without any road signs warning the driver of this. the vehicles had not been driving too fast seeing that the towing vehicle was able to stop relatively quicker... it was just a big mess on the Department and Road Contractor's side. the 80km road has been built for the past 8 years and is still incomplete 200 million RANDS later* ... I feel sorry for the drivers and passengers of the vehicles involved... I damaged my vehicle on that particular portion of the road- no warning sign just a sudden transformation from tar to gravel

  • Wynand Bezuidenhout - 2014-02-07 15:22

    Where did the R220Mil go.. It must be huge pothole

  • feikmc.heither - 2014-02-07 15:25

    Hahaahaaa, eish

  • Rob Tubbs - 2014-02-07 17:53

    And the 'Smoking Gun Presents' - Worlds Dumbest Drivers.....

  • Cyril Neilson - 2014-02-07 19:49

    lay this and other accidents at the door of the national roads agency and our piriah president and his gang

  • Thato Loeto - 2014-02-07 21:09

    you should drive along that road and see it yourself. the road is coming down a relatively steep decline then it suddenly turns into a gravel road without any road signs warning the driver of this. the vehicles had not been driving too fast seeing that the towing vehicle was able to stop relatively quicker... it was just a big mess on the Department and Road Contractor's side. the 80km road has been built for the past 8 years and is still incomplete 200 million RANDS later* ... I feel sorry for the drivers and passengers of the vehicles involved... I damaged my vehicle on that particular portion of the road- no warning sign just a sudden transformation from tar to gravel

  • joe.todani - 2014-02-07 21:53

    Classic story...

  • stefan.strydom.902 - 2014-02-08 07:27

    I think the accident happened because the motorists were startled to actually see an official on that stretch of road...

  • Eidel Bock - 2014-02-08 09:17

    That is how you steal the show ...

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