Man goes in for ‘de-fence-ive’ tackle and survives

Thabiso is one lucky man. Photo: Alanicka Lotriet.

On the afternoon of Friday, 8 September, local resident, Thabiso Madienyane went in for a ‘de-fence-ive’ tackle when he partially ‘de-fenced’ the Krugersdorp Game Reserve on the R28 after losing control of his vehicle.

Thabiso was travelling on the R28 from Tarlton in the direction of Krugersdorp when one of his car’s tyres allegedly burst. He immediately lost control over his vehicle, which swerved uncontrollably.

Thabiso’s vehicle leaning against the fence. Photo: Alanicka Lotriet.

Luckily 40-year-old Thabiso is alive to tell the tale – “It happened so fast. The moment I lost control I tried everything to bring the car to a standstill and before I knew it, I’d hit a huge dip on the side of the road,” he said.

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He explained that his vehicle was airborne for a moment, while a thousand thoughts raced through his mind.

“While I was flying through the air I just thought to myself ‘What’s going to happen when I hit the ground?'” he said with a relieved smile.

Thabiso’s break marks before being airborne. Photo: Alanicka Lotriet.

When his Tata Indigo met the ground, it was the reserve’s fence which brought it to a complete standstill. By this time the vehicle was facing in the opposite direction with its front passenger side smashed into the ground.

Thabiso not only managed to extricate himself from the vehicle – he escaped both death and injury.

According to local authorities on scene it was thanks to Thabiso’s safety belt that he survived.

“This really is a miracle and I am lucky to be alive,” he said.

Thabiso’s vehicle leaning against the fence. Photo: Alanicka Lotriet.

Thabiso travels this road on a daily basis when he drives from the Ventersdorp road in Tarlton to Krugersdorp West to fetch his wife, Jane.

When a bystander asked him what had happened and whether he was alright, he replied with a smile, saying, “Die God, Hy kyk mos. Ons moenie worry nie”.

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Alanicka Lotriet.

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