The uMhlathuze traffic department is searching for a driver who drove wildly through throngs of leisure seekers in the water at Pelican Island located in the port of Richards Bay in northern KwaZulu-Natal on Saturday.
They are also searching for a truck driver who also drove a truck into the water on Sunday.
A trending social media video shows a Range Rover car driving along the shore of Pelican Island. Two of the passengers had their heads out through the sunroof. They drove in the water where there were several people swimming.
Another video shows the car stuck in the water with five people standing next to it. One walks out of the water.
Spokesperson of uMhlathuze municipality, Mdu Ncalane, said the driver violated municipal bylaws and other regulations.
“He also posed danger to people who were at the river. The police are looking for him and will make an example out of him to show that breaking the law was unacceptable,” said Ncalane. He added the police were patrolling the entry point at Pelican Island and that it was not easy to control cars once they were inside.
He said the car was towed out of the river later on Saturday. Ncalane said it would be easy to find the driver since the trending videos showed the car registration number.
Ncalane said on Sunday, there was another trending video of a truck head also stuck in the water. In the video, it was being pulled out of the water by a breakdown truck.
“This is now becoming a serious problem and we’ll have to put drastic measures in place as the municipality to ensure that it doesn’t happen further,” said Ncalane. He added they will look at environmental impacts and others to ensure that the areas is closed off in the correct way.
* Ncalane originally said the incident happened at Naval Island. He corrected this on Monday morning. The Witness welcomes corrections of fact.