Woman, son abandon car after snake scare

2013-11-23 07:41

Johannesburg - A school teacher got the fright of her life when a snake appeared on her car windscreen while driving, the Dispatch Online reported on Friday.

Vuyokazi Pakati, 41, was driving through the Mthentu Cuttings, near Mthatha, when the snake slithered across her windscreen.

Her 3-year-old son was a passenger in the car.

Pakati controlled her panic, driving almost another kilometre before she could safely stop her car.

Once she had pulled over, she grabbed her toddler and fled her car.

She flagged down a passing car for help.

"One of the men who came to assist tried to use a stick to remove the snake near the wipers, but it disappeared into the engine. Later they called the police," she told the publication.

Police spokesperson Mkhuseli Shakes Nqumama - locally regarded as a snake expert - and Constable Dan Tomodi, worked more than two hours to retrieve the snake.

It was later identified as a harmless striped grass snake.

  • Nditsheni Singo - 2013-11-23 08:46

    The car was probably like grass.

  • Wilhelm Strydom - 2013-11-23 09:42

    Im am glad the Police is available for even such a 'little' issue. Well done!

  • Alison Davidson Scheppel - 2013-11-23 09:47

    Eek. Hats off to the lady for keeping her head & safely stopping even though every fibre in your being is screaming stop. Hope it never happens to me.

  • Mzukisi Swarggart TaMzu Ngxumale - 2013-11-23 10:27


  • Jacqui Daane Van Rensburg - 2013-11-23 10:59

    I hope he was released to be harmless in the grass again.

  • John Butler - 2013-11-23 11:42

    The snake got the fright of its life too. It came up to the windscreen and begged her to stop the cat but she carried on driving for almost a kilometer.

  • Merryl Butcher - 2013-11-23 12:21

    A serious case of over reaction! The snake was on the outside! Wind up your windows, stop the car and let it slither away.

  • Jabulane Khumalo - 2013-11-23 13:25

    Is this real or just another joke for the day ????????????

  • Lex Brair - 2013-11-23 14:45

    I am a Man,37 yrs old but wen i see a snake,i cn wet my pants,U were brave enough to drive another kilometre,i could probably have jumped from a moving car

  • ShoSho - 2013-11-23 19:13

    You had to see how they cuffed the poor snake Lunatic

  • Byabadda Michael - 2013-11-23 20:11

    Snakes polishing hijacking skills, its festive season

  • Ernest Chauke - 2013-11-23 20:35

    Ohhhhh poor snake is arrested for attempted murder, and a snake will appear in court on monday the 25/11/2013 ......!!! Shame to you news24!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • iYesss - 2013-11-23 21:34

    A Cape Cobra slithered under a tour vehicle at Boulders Beach (Penguins) and the vehicle was practically stripped to try and find it. The tourists received another vehicle and the other was driven back to their depot. On the way the Cape Cobra also slithered out onto the windscreen, but in this case the driver knocked it off by putting on the wipers. Scarey.

  • Ceba Mlandu - 2013-11-23 23:07

    I'm G.A.M (grown ass man) but I'm telling you now I would've abandoned ship while it was moving.

  • David-villa' Dakalo Mudau - 2013-11-24 06:21

    Witch craft

  • Penelope Mthembu - 2013-11-24 08:09

    Thank goodness she remained calm, i don't think i would hv done the same..

  • nicholus.nakanyane - 2013-11-24 09:02


  • Rocky Bell - 2013-11-24 09:26

    The snake was on the outside of the if she kept the windows closed nothing would happen.

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