A HOSPITAL chef lost her arm in a taxi accident because of government negligence and failure to repair a pothole, the Pietermaritzburg high court heard yesterday.
While the accident took place in 2004, the pothole was repaired eight months ago, Tugela Ferry motor mechanic Sheshile Thokozani, who towed the minibus taxi to his garage after it overturned on hitting the pothole, to the court.
Thokozani was testifying in a case brought by Church of Scotland Hospital chef Hluphile Zuma, who is claiming more than R1million from KwaZulu-Natal MEC for transport, community safety and liaison Willies Mchunu.
The taxi driver, Zamani Langa, could not avoid the pothole because of oncoming vehicles. The taxi had been travelling between Greytown and Dundee. Zuma was badly hurt and her arm had to be amputated.
The defence denies liability for the accident and damages, alleging that the maintenance of the roads was done within a limited budget.
It claims the sole cause of the accident was negligent driving.
The case continues today. - Sapa