AN Azalea family, enjoying a peaceful Sunday at home, were astounded when a yellow Opel Corsa smashed into their kitchen wall, causing part of their roof to cave in and shattering their windows.
“We were having a quiet Sunday afternoon after church with each of us resting in our different rooms when we heard a loud bang against the kitchen wall and rushed outside to see what was going on,” said homeowner Bongiwe Zondi.
Zondi said the family were shaken up and her 21-year-old daughter Bongeka was in tears.
“The bang was so loud it sounded like a gun shot. Then we heard it shatter the kitchen windows so we were not sure what it was exactly, but we all got quite a fright,” said Zondi.
The driver of the vehicle, Ndu Ngubane, said he lost control of the car while trying to make a turn right above the Zondi’s Unit 18 home.
Eyewitnesses said the car hit the kitchen wall before landing on the ground, overturned.
“The way I see it the passengers in the car were very lucky that the car was able to balance against the house walls otherwise they could have been badly injured,” said Dumisani Zondi.
The driver and his passenger sustained no major injuries as they got out the overturned vehicle and apologised to the home owners.
“By the time we got out the house they [driver and passenger] were already outside the car looking fine. They apologised and even later in the afternoon the driver’s mother came by to apologise and offer to repair the damage to the house,” said Zondi.
The driver and some of his relatives showed up at the Zondi house at 8am yesterday and started work to repair the damage to the home, saying everything about the crash was still a blur.
“It’s all still a bit confusing,” said Ngubane.
“I lost control of the car as I was turning. When I was trying to accelerate and drive off I accidentally pressed the reverse gear and next thing I knew the car just flew into the Zondi’s yard,” said Ngubane.
He added that he and his passenger were later checked out at a nearby clinic where it was established they were uninjured.