Fam­ily’s close call with stray cow in road

The Rep - - NEWS - CHUX FOURIE

A Ko­mani woman and her daugh­ter re­cently had a nar­row es­cape when the ve­hi­cle in which they were trav­el­ling struck a stray cow in the vicin­ity of the SPCA premises near the turnoff to Ez­i­be­leni.

Joan Roberts came to town from the fam­ily’s home in the Bonkolo basin to fetch her daugh­ter, Cather­ine, from a school func­tion and they were on their way home just af­ter 8pm when she came upon five cows in the road.

“By the time I saw the dark-coloured an­i­mal, it was only a few me­tres away. I slammed on brakes but could not avoid hit­ting it and it som­er­saulted and landed at the side of the road.”

She con­tin­ues, “Thank God I was in my hus­band’s dou­ble cab ve­hi­cle with a bull bar and not in my lit­tle car. We were both wear­ing seat­belts and for­tu­nately nei­ther of us was hurt, but the dam­age to our ve­hi­cle amounted to R105,000.”

Af­ter the in­ci­dent, the dam­aged ve­hi­cle started and she man­aged to drive home with the en­gine emit­ting smoke and splut­ter­ing noises.

Roberts said the same night at al­most ex­actly the same spot, a mo­torist hit an­other beast on the op­po­site side of the road as she saw skid marks and stom­ach con­tents there the next morn­ing. Since then, she has heard of a third in­ci­dent, mak­ing it three in the space of 300m within a week.

“We all know of the hor­ren­dous in­juries re­sult­ing in in­no­cent peo­ple be­ing crip­pled, maimed or even killed in col­li­sions with an­i­mals. I wish some­thing could be done to keep stray an­i­mals off the roads.”

The in­ci­dent was re­ported to the po­lice who con­firmed they had had three sim­i­lar re­ports from that area within a short time, but that the R61 road to Cofimv­aba was the worst in the area in this re­gard.

Po­lice spokesper­son Cap­tain Namhla Mdle­leni ap­pealed to motorists to be very vig­i­lant when driv­ing in the area, es­pe­cially af­ter dark, and to the own­ers of live­stock to en­sure that their an­i­mals did not graze on the verges of pub­lic roads, were col­lected at sun­down and en­closed in a safe place.

NOT A SAFE PLACE: Cat­tle con­tinue to graze on the verge of the road near the SPCA where sev­eral have been hit by ve­hi­cles when they wan­der unchecked on to the road sur­face, pos­ing a dan­ger to pass­ing motorists, who run the risk of be­ing killed or maimed them­selves

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