News agency, Cape Town, South Africa
Wednesday June 19th 2019

Man crippled as learner driver veers off road


Samuel Makete stands next to the car that severely injured his friend Sonwabo Magoso when the teenage learner driver careered off the street into his yard. Photo: Peter Luhanga/WCN

A man is battling for his life in a state hospital after being hit by a drunken learner driver in Du Noon township on Sunday late afternoon.

As pensioner Samuel Makete and Sonwabo Magoso sat in the yard talking on Sunday, the car – came careering off the street, hitting Magoso and dragging him for three metres.

Upon hearing the accident, over 200 residents ran to the scene where they saw a teenage driver getting out the car and attempting to flee on foot.

The owner of the car, who was apparently trying to teach the teenager how to drive, was visibly drunk, said Makete, and when he got out of the car he cried: “oh look at my car!”

The residents took him to task over whether he was more concerned about his car than Masogo, who was still trapped beneath it. Doctors have said Masogo will not walk again.

His complaint over his car enraged residents to the point that smashed all its windows, stripped it of its tyres and radio.

At the scene in Mnandi Avenue on Monday morning a trail of blood could still be seen.

Eyewitnesses who took part in smashing the car refused to be named for fear of being held accountable to the damage they caused but a woman who lives nearby said despite residents installing speed humps along the road, cars and taxis continued to speed.

Makete said it was very hot on Sunday afternoon and he had sat outside his yard chatting with his friend Magoso when suddenly came through the boundary wall and hit his friend.

He said he was still in shock with what happened as he was sitting next to Magoso had it not been for him jumping to his feet, the car would have hit him too.

Magoso’s wife, Nosipho, with whom he has three children aged one, eight and 11, said her husband was battling for his life at New Somerset hospital.

She said doctors had told her that her husband would never be able to use both legs again. “I feel bad. My husband doesn’t have a leg any more they (doctors) say he is not going to walk again,” said Nosipho.

Milnerton Police spokeswoman Warrant Officer Daphne Dell confirmed the accident saying they have opened a reckless and negligent driving docket for investigation.

Dell confirmed that a man sustained serious injuries and was receiving medical attention at a state hospital.

The teenage driver has not been found. – Peter Luhanga

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