Flying car lands on roof at midnight

Mfundekelwa Mkhulisi

Mfundekelwa Mkhulisi

The Mfaba family in Diepkloof, Soweto, is confounded after a car landed on the roof of their house.

It was just like in an action movie - at least if the police and the flummoxed family's versions are anything to go by.

Florence Mfaba said they were woken up by a screeching sound and a loud bang in the dead of night - about 12.30am - on Friday.

"When we went outside to investigate we found a red Golf hanging from the roof of our garage," she said.

She said the car's rear wheels had dug a big hole in one of the rooms where her two children were sleeping.

"Moments later the police came, ordered us back into the house and started searching for the car's occupants," she said.

Inspector Andrew Mukona of the Diepkloof police said the car was apparently stolen and was being chased by their Honeydew, Johannesburg, counterparts.

"One suspect was arrested in the car," Mukona said. "He was trapped and could not get out. The others managed to flee. We are searching for possibly two more suspects."

He said the vehicle probably failed to turn at an intersection in Zone 1, hit a street light and "flew" for about five metres before it landed on top of the roof.

Honeydew police spokesman Inspector Karen Jacobs said the incident was not recorded at the police station.

A car belonging to Mfaba's daughter, which was parked in the yard, was damaged when the carport collapsed on it.

An acquaintance of the Mfabas, former justice minister Penuell Maduna, who was in the vicinity when Sowetan arrived, stopped and comforted the family. He declined to speak to Sowetan.

"Despite the shattered windows and building blocks inside the room, no one was injured," said a shaken Mfaba.