Second car collided into torched bus

MARAPONG — Two weeks ago, a violent protest by some disgruntled Exxaro employees saw to two buses and an ambulance from Medupi Power Station torched in Marapong.
The debris of the burnt ambulance was removed soon after the incident, however the buses, belonging to Group 5, remained on the spot, reminding one of a relatively destructive incident in September 2015 when 21 buses, belonging to Lowveld Bus Service, were torched.
More than 24 hours after the arson incident involving wage protesters, a white Nissan Sentra sedan collided with a burned-out bus near the four way stop at Relebogile and Mosetlha Streets.
The accident reportedly happened around 02:00 on Saturday 16 September and three occupants from the car were taken for medical treatment.
On Saturday 23 September, a silver Honda Accord plunged into the same bus, not even 100 metres from the intersection. The car was left badly damaged and at the time of going to print the severity of the occupants’ injuries was unknown.
Mogol Post sent an enquiry to Lephalale Municipality with the following questions:
Who is responsible for cleaning up the road after accidents and to remove wrecked cars?
How long does that process take?
In case of incidents like the above two, can drivers cry foul and claim from whoever is responsible?
What message does the Municipality send to motorists driving towards burnt buses?
By the time of going to print there has not been any response from Lephalale Municipality officials, but Mogol Post managed to speak to Ward 1 Councillor William Motlokoa.
He said usually after such incidents, the location vehicles are torched at it is considered a crime scene and the debris cannot be removed before investigation is finalised.
“Things like insurance require thorough assessment which will be followed by conclusion and after that, there has to be submission that will see the Municipality get involved by removing the debris. If we tamper with that before or during investigation, the Municipality might be held accountable and be required to pay the damages,” said Motlokoa.
His other concern is reckless driving claiming lives every week in Lephalale.
“Our people only respect traffic rules during their training to acquire a driver’s license and after they have the licence, they stop following traffic rules. Another disastrous reality is drinking and driving that results in unnecessary collisions.
How else do we explain two motorists colliding with that bus just a few metres from a four-way stop?” he concluded.

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