Multi-vehicle pile up outside Parliament during SABC pickets

2016-10-05 13:06
One of the cars involved in the multi-vehicle pile up outside Parliament during the SABC protest. (Jenni Evans, News24)

One of the cars involved in the multi-vehicle pile up outside Parliament during the SABC protest. (Jenni Evans, News24)

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Cape Town - A multi-vehicle pile up outside Parliament on Wednesday left at least five cars damaged.

Fortunately, nobody was injured in the accident as several pickets took place nearby.

The accident ended on the pavement of the police offices on Plein Street opposite Parliament. The pavement is a busy thoroughfare for school children and pedestrians making their way from Gardens.

One man was temporarily trapped in his vehicle, which was sandwiched between two others. He managed to free himself.  

An onlooker said it started when one driver was getting a parking ticket and a driver behind him became impatient and tried to speed around the car. 

"Then he saw the protest and tried to turn around," she said, of the pickets by supporters of SABC chief Hlaudi Motsoeneng, and Cope and Right2Know pickets demanding that he go.

Cars appeared to have bumped into each other like dodgems and had gouges and dents on their sides and front. 

The street was strewn with broken glass and mouldings.

Police came out of the building to take statements and photographs, while the protesters carried on singing after an examination of the scene.

MPs inside Parliament were hearing the reasons behind, and processes followed in, reappointing Motsoeneng as group executive for corporate affairs. 

This followed the Supreme Court of Appeal rejecting his bid to appeal a November 2015 Western Cape High Court ruling declaring his appointment as COO irrational, and setting it aside.

The Multi-vehicle pile up outside Parliament (Jenni Evans, News24)

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