By: Angie Nkuna
The newly tared road which cost the government R350 Million rand between Jilongo Village and Mtititi Town( New Orleans) via Altein Village has claimed yet another life , which led to the prophets of gloom and doom to believe that the road need a divine intervention.
This has emerged after a 40-year-old woman was knocked down by speeding car and she died instantly on the 1st of January 2018.
According to an eye witness, the driver was speeding, the car lights were off and was under the influence of alcohol.
“He hit that woman and tried to run but unfortunately his car overturned aggressively”. We found empty bottles of expensive wine when we arrived at the scene and the lifeless body laying on the road”, explain Norah Chauke with her strong Mozambican accent.
“How can you speed your car to 240KM/HRS on 40km zone, while the car lights are off? Leswi i vuloyi mamani,” she fumed. It took almost 10 hours for Malamulele Police officers and ambulance to arrive at the scene while the residents were still reeling in shock while others were battling to contain their tears.
The driver who is believed to be from a nearby village (Jilongo villange) was in a critical condition and was rushed to Malamulele hospital to receive treatment under police guard. A case of culpable homicide and defeating the end of justice was opened by the Police and investigation is underway.
Last sunday, on Christma eve, a speeding car overturned violently on the road. No one was injured but the car is beyond repair.
Disgruntled residents are now demanding 20 speed humps from Collins Chabane Municipality to be erected on the road before many lives could be lost. Community spokesperson Matimba Maluleke said they are giving the Municipality 7 working days to respond to their grievances before they could embark on a strike demanding speed humps.
Numerous attempt to get hold of Collins Chabane Municipality’s Spokesperson Ike Nukeri were fruitless as his phone ran unanswered.