Sleep­ing Khayelit­sha man lucky to es­cape death as taxi crashes into shack

Cape Times - - FRONT PAGE - Siyavuya Mzantsi

A KHAYELIT­SHA grand­fa­ther was saved by com­mu­nity mem­bers af­ter a taxi landed on top of him when it crashed into his shack at TR sec­tion early yes­ter­day.

Joseph Cingcu 66, was wo­ken by a taxi that ploughed through his bed­room wall at about 1am. Cingcu, who es­caped with “mi­nor in­juries” was with three other people – in­clud­ing his one-year-old twin grand­chil­dren, Nt­lantla and Nt­laka­nipho, who were un­harmed.

The driver of the taxi has not been found.

Cingcu said he had been burnt by the acid leak­ing from the taxi’s bat­tery.

“I woke up and I re­alised there was a taxi on top of me,” Cingcu said.

“I did not hear any­thing be­cause I was asleep when it drove into my shack. I screamed for help but no one could help me. I con­tin­ued scream­ing un­til the point where I had lost my voice and I gave up scream­ing.”

He said he had been saved by his son Sintu Cingcu and other com­mu­nity mem­bers.

“I tried to lift (the taxi) so that I could es­cape, but I gave up be­cause I ran out of en­ergy. I could not move and could not breathe prop­erly. I got burnt by the acid com­ing from the bat­tery. It leaked all over me. I thought I was not go­ing to sur­vive and I still can’t be­lieve it,” he said.

He was taken to Khayelit­sha Hospi­tal and was later dis­charged.

His son, Sintu Cingcu 33 was sleep­ing in his room with his twins

when the taxi smashed into their bed­room and liv­ing room.

“The first thing that came into my mind was my chil­dren. I checked if they were safe be­fore I could do any­thing. We were lucky to es­cape but my fa­ther was not that lucky,” Sintu Cingcu said.

“My fa­ther was trapped un­der the taxi. I called my neigh­bours to help me. Af­ter a while of try­ing to lift it, we man­aged to save him. I am glad that my grand­mother who is 95 years old slept at a rel­a­tive’s house,” he said.

The po­lice said no one had been ar­rested.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion can con­tact Crime Stop at 08600 10111.”

Res­i­dents later blocked Mew Way Road by burn­ing tyres and pre­vented taxis from op­er­at­ing there.

IN­JURED: Joseph Cingcu was trapped un­der a taxi which crashed into his Khayelit­sha home.

Pic­ture: BHEKI RADEBE

CRASH COURSE: A taxi lost con­trol and drove into a shack in Kayelit­sha yes­ter­day, where it landed on top of a 66-year-old grand­fa­ther.

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