Pothole makes prof miss mother's funeral

2012-03-26 10:00

Johannesburg - A North West University academic, who missed his mother's funeral because a pothole damaged his car, intends suing the provincial government, according to a report on Monday.

Professor Wannie Carstens, head of the language faculty at the Potchefstroom University, was driving to Upington early on Saturday morning when his Mercedes Benz hit a pothole that shredded his two left tyres, Beeld reported.

"I was driving at a speed of about 100km/h. We hit the pothole about 15km outside Ottosdal... it was still dark outside."

His car had to be towed to Klerksdorp. The tyres were replaced, but Carstens was unable to continue his journey due to possible damage to his car's chassis and wheel rims.

"My brother was upset, and my sister was in tears," Carstens said.

He wants to sue the province for R6 000 for the damage to his car, but says nothing can compensate him for the emotional loss of being unable to attend the funeral of his parent.

North West roads and transport department spokesperson Matshube Mfoloe said the road needed major repairs, but there was no money available.

  • Eric - 2012-03-26 10:13

    Nail the ANC feckers!!!!!!!!!

  • lisa.evansdominick - 2012-03-26 10:31

    Where the hell is all the money, the fat cats have stolen it to live their lavish lifestyles.... bunch of thieves run this country!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-03-26 10:42

    It is good to see that vehicle manufacturers are adapting their designs to changing conditions. Most SUV's and even some cars, have high level tail/brakelights so they can remain visible when passing through a pothole. It is perhaps a good idea to fit the induction snorkel with a flashing light as well.

  • PumaFred - 2012-03-26 10:45

    Pretty insensitive for the brother and sister to have hone ahead with the funeral

      TSR01 - 2012-03-26 11:31

      Chances are, they were already there.

  • Johan - 2012-03-26 10:53

    What a poor article! How did this make News24? #whocares

      TSR01 - 2012-03-26 11:34

      Johan, its a report on how the poor condition of the roads in the North West resulted in a very unfortunate situation, and subsequently, legal action against the provincial government. It is news, because it is reporting on a factual matter - the roads are in a sate of disrepair, the North West provincial government claims to lack the funding to do the repairs, and the victim of the state of the poor road condition is attempting to sue the provincial government for their failure to provide service delivery in terms of road maintenance. Count is as another incident of proven incompetence by the ANC.

      Gareth - 2012-03-26 11:48

      insensitive troll...This is highly newsworthy, especially when considering the massive debates on roads, maladministration of public funds, local governments inability to maintain roads or sewage, or electrical supply, water clarity etc.

  • bashin.monyela - 2012-03-26 11:19

    A 100km/h in a what zone? We need facts phela.

      Deon - 2012-03-26 11:46

      It sounds like a R100km/h zone.

      bashin.monyela - 2012-03-26 12:02

      Well since he is taking legal action his going to need to provide those typa facts.

      maseratifittipaldi - 2012-03-26 12:12

      or a R6000/100km/h zone.

  • stefan.vanderspuy - 2012-03-26 11:20

    They should force the blue light brigade to travel up and down this road a couple of times.

  • Goitse-Lee - 2012-03-26 11:22

    I wonder what is the Municipalities doing with the money that is set aside for fixing the roads. We pay tax and everytime i have to go home i feel sad cos we end up wasting time on the road because of the potholes. Between Wolmaaranstad and Schweizer Reneke there is a gravel road right in the middle of the tar road. If they cant do their job they must appoint people who can do it.

  • Willem - 2012-03-26 11:30

    I drive the Harbeesfontein to Ottosdal road frequently. The road is a 100km\h zone even that is too fast. The road is in a very poor condition. At night and during rain storms you gamble with your life to drive on this road. When is someone going to be killed? Maybe the blue light brigade should drive on this road at night. What are they doing with our money?

      Bertus - 2012-03-26 11:36

      When heading from Hartbeesfontein towards Ottosdal, you'll go underneath a train bridge. On the sharp bend after that, various people have died due to people swerving out for holes on the bend. Last year a delivery guy met head on with a truck. The year before that another guy hit a double cab also swerving out. Lives are lost every month due to bad roads and that road will take more and more...

  • ludlowdj - 2012-03-26 12:20

    Good, sue the idiots, they haven't had a single success in 18 years unless you count the money they have extorted from the tax and ratepayer.

      sean.redmond3 - 2012-03-26 12:44

      To the ANC gov, it is not theft, it is cake.

  • William - 2012-03-26 12:43

    It's a pity and heartbreaking to loose a parent, let alone to miss a funeral of your mother. I'm just concerned as to what was he doing so far on the day of the funeral, I mean he was supposed to be with family at his parent's home long before the funeral. Or did I miss something? Can someone knock some sense into my concern?

  • Paseka - 2012-03-27 09:36

    all of us knows that northwest is a provice of potholes and that problem will remain chronic . always the is no money to refurbish roads in the province even after the budget speech, because that budget speech is just a theory that will never exist a true financial propaganda by nature . the whole province is rottened . now just ask any body in road and transport department what happened to money allocated to repair road you wont get the answer ,then why such department should exist in our province because it failed to achieve the mandate of services delivery there are no roads and public transport in our province. when you go out of town in the northwest you people asking for lift (dithlogwana)it because thier are desparate no other alternative public transport in the province no train no buses but we got railway lines.

  • PUNCH - 2012-07-24 03:45

    ANC, just let us understand? Where is all the money going to that’s being recovered from fuel tax, licensing, toll road and PAYE? If the ANC and their municipalities budget and follow logical maintenance then this would not happen.

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