Biker burns to death after collision
A MOTORCYCLIST was burnt to death in the early hours of yesterday morning when his motorbike was hit by a van.
Tshwane metro police said the man was on his motorbike in Olievenhoutbosch when he collided with a van and the bike burst into flames, trapping the motorcyclist.
Metro police spokesman Senior Superintendent Isaac Mahamba said the van was attempting to avoid a service delivery protest when he crashed into the motorbike.
“The van was making a Uturn to avoid the traffic backlog created by the protest and didn’t see the motorbike, and that’s when they collided,” he said.
Both drivers were travelling on the R55 south, which runs past Olievenhoutbosch. Rubble, rocks, and burning tyres were used by protesters to barricade the road, making it inaccessible.
“The driver of the van managed to slip out of the van with no injuries before he could notice the motorcyclist was trapped in the fire caused by the collision,” Mahamba said.
When The Star’s sister paper, the Pretoria News, arrived on the scene, about 60 people had gathered at the site. The biker’s charred remains could be seen next to the van. Forensic specialists could be seen examining the site, while metro police diverted traffic from the crash.
The protest, which began around 2am, was apparently started by a small group of people demanding RDP houses.
A resident said the group rampaged through the town- ship, leaving behind a trail of destruction.
“We don’t even know who they are. But we know they were striking because they want houses,” said Abel Mokoena.
Tshwane spokesman Blessing Manale said: “The protesters call themselves the Olievenhoutbosch Backyard Dwellers, and were demanding houses.
“We can’t have people protesting because they have been waiting for however long for social relief from the government. It’s a process they are trying to undermine and jump the queue. They have to be patient as we have a process to follow.”
Manale said the city rarely experienced problems in Olievenhoutbosch, explaining that the city had acquired land around the township on which it would build low-cost houses.