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2012-03-26 11:20

POTHOLE LAWSUIT: A North West University Professor will sue the province for R6000 due to damages caused to his vehicle by potholes.

PRETORIA - A North West University Professor who missed his mother's funeral because his Merc his a pothole at 100km/h plans to sue the province.

Professor Wannie Carstens, head of the language faculty at the Potchefstroom University, was driving to Upington earlier in March 2012 when his Mercedes hit a pothole. The damage shreded both left tyres, Beeld reports.

Carstens said: "I was driving at a speed of about 100km/h. We hit the pothole about 15km outside Ottosdal, it was still dark outside."


His car had to be towed to Klerksdorp and although the tyres were replaced, Carstens was unable to continue his journey due to  damage to his vehicle's chassis and wheel rims.

Carstens said: "My brother was upset, and my sister was in tears."

He wants to sue the province for R6000 for the damage to his car, but says nothing can compensate him for the emotional loss of being unable to attend the funeral of his mother.

North West roads and transport department spokesman Matshube Mfoloe said the road Carsten's travelled on was in need of major repairs but there is no funding available.

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