In the latest attack on a motorist on the N2, Cape Times deputy editor Aziz Hartley tells how a rock struck his car’s windscreen on the freeway near Bonteheuwel while he was on his way to the office in the city centre yesterday.
“Scary, this is very scary,” I told myself as I pulled off the road and got out of the car. To calm my nerves I lit a cigarette. Moments earlier, I had been driving in the fast lane when out of nowhere a rock was lobbed over the concrete barrier on the N2 freeway separating Bonteheuwel and Heideveld.
Bah! In a split second the corner of my windscreen shattered. There was no time to avoid it. I did not even realise glass splinters had landed in my lap. It was about 9.20am yesterday. After taking the R300 out of Mitchells Plain, I joined the N2. After the Duinefontein Road bridge, my day changed.
Driving at 110km/h, it was impossible to avoid the missile.
Gracefully, it struck the bottom corner of the windscreen, but a few centimetres higher and things could have been worse. I managed to avoid other vehicles and pulled off near Jakes Gerwel Drive, where five concerned security guards came to check up on me. A metro officer stopped and, after checking that I was not hurt, advised me to report the matter.