LEPHALALE — The driver of the Toyota Quantum, Simon Makata, who collided with the hippo on the R510 in the early morning hours of Friday 28 April says the information in the article “Hippo in R510 caused havoc” in the 5 May edition is incorrect.
Makata says he was driving on the R510 around 03:00 on the morning of 28 April in the direction Lephalale when he saw a hippo crossing the road from the left side of the road to the right. He says he tried to dodge the hippo by changing lanes but he hit it on the head and broke the hippo’s neck.
Mogol Post received incorrect information, and according to the article there were three other people in the vehicle who did not sustain any injuries, but Makata says he was alone in the vehicle. According to him the front left side of the vehicle was damaged by the incident.
Makata says he called the police from the scene. The officers on the scene were Const Sethebe and Const Madira from Lephalale SAPS.
Warrant Officer Frans Mokoena, Lephalale SAPS spokesperson, said that no case was opened against Makata, they only opened an accident report and he confirmed that there were no passengers in the Quantum at the time of the incident.