Mud swal­lows DJ’s new car

Har­bour break­fast to cel­e­brate new job turns to drama as M3 van­ishes in ris­ing wa­ters

The Witness - - NEWS - KAILENE PIL­LAY

A DUR­BAN DJ has been left trau­ma­tised after his brand new BMW M3 was washed away near the Dur­ban Har­bour dur­ing yes­ter­day’s tor­ren­tial storm that hit the city and its sur­round­ing ar­eas.

The man, who asked not to be named, said that he was due to start a new job yes­ter­day and de­cided to take his girl­friend for a cel­e­bra­tory break­fast near the Dur­ban har­bour.

“We were hav­ing break­fast and talk­ing when I no­ticed my car seemed to be mov­ing. I ini­tially thought I had left my hand­brake down,” he said.

He said that as he ran to­ward his ve­hi­cle he no­ticed the car “seemed to be sink­ing” into sand as the tyres and fend­ers were cov­ered with mud.

“I was not able to get to the car be­cause the stormy con­di­tions were so bad and I saw that my girl­friend fell over and seemed to be in­jured so I ran to her,” he said.

He and his girl­friend took cover as the storm was turn­ing “vi­o­lent”.

“When I looked back, within min­utes I saw my BMW be­ing cov­ered in wa­ter, sand and de­bris. I only saw the roof of

“When I looked back, within min­utes I saw my BMW be­ing cov­ered in wa­ter, sand and de­bris. I only saw the roof of my car and next minute it van­ished.”

my car and next minute it van­ished,” he said.

Talk­ing to The Wit­ness yes­ter­day, the Dur­ban man said he was “trau­ma­tised and dis­ap­pointed” as he pur­chased the BMW M3 just over two months ago.

“I just watched my car be­ing washed away. I felt so help­less be­cause I could not do any­thing. There were trees, branches and waves and waves of wa­ter gush­ing ev­ery­where,” he said.

He added that his lap­top was still in the car when it was washed away and al­though he suf­fered no in­juries dur­ing the in­ci­dent, his girl­friend hurt her arm when she fell.

The man said that his ve­hi­cle has not yet been re­cov­ered.

The un­prece­dented flood­ing also caused sig­nif­i­cant dam­age to Toy­ota South Africa’s plant in Prospec­ton.

An­drew Kirby, pres­i­dent and CEO of Toy­ota South Mo­tors, said build­ings, equip­ment as well as mo­tor ve­hi­cles on the line were dam­aged.

Kirby said there were no in­juries yes­ter­day, but the plant re­mained closed un­til to­day, when man­agers will as­sess the sit­u­a­tion and de­cide if nor­mal man­u­fac­tur­ing can re­sume.

PHOTO: IAN CARBUTT

City res­i­dents wrap them­selves up in plas­tic to avoid get­ting wet.

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