CAPE TOWN – A 38-year-old man was injured in a hit-and-run outside the central train station in Cape Town on Wednesday morning.
“A pedestrian taxi cut across the street out into oncoming traffic and hit the man crossing the road. Then the taxi dropped some passengers off on the corner and drove slowly away towards Woodstock without stopping to check if he was alright,” said Temba Jauch, a bystander at the scene.
The man seemed to have suffered a broken leg, according to Jauch. He was picked up by an ambulance and taken to a nearby hospital a few minutes later.
Sophikile Adams, another bystander at the scene of the incident, spoke of an ANC truck stopping at the group of on-lookers before the ambulance arrived.
“An ANC woman got out of the bakkie and told the injured man that the ANC will catch the driver who drove into him. The ANC lady then said to the injured guy, ‘Don’t worry my brother; we (the ANC) will protect the people. We’ll find him (the driver)’.”
Business cards were handed out and the ANC member then left the scene, according to Adams.
The 2014 General Elections coming up on the 7th of May is a highly contested event in the Western Cape region. Most of the parties concerned have been campaigning all across the Western Cape region.
After the ANC truck drove away from the crime scene, a tow-truck driver arrived, apparently looking for business. “He thought there was a car accident due to all the people standing around. He gave me his business card as well. It was strange to see how people can turn into vultures through others misfortune,” said Jauch.
The injured man could not be reached for comment. The taxi driver is as of yet still unknown and the police are on search for the culprit.
“I don’t know if the police will find him first or the ANC but I hope someone does. It could have happened to anyone of us. To have people with hidden agendas offering their help is also a scary thought,” said Jauch.
This is one of many hit-and-runs that have occurred in the Cape Town area. Koos Roux was bicycling in the CBD area when he was struck and killed. Che Newman was badly injured in Kalk bay by a driver who made a run for it. Both these hit-and-run cases took place in the latter part of 2013.