The Ingrid moment

25 November 2019 | Local News

Yolanda Nel The husband of a cyclist who almost lost his wife when a reckless driver bumped her while she was cycling along the Western Bypass, is pushing for stronger laws.
“The recent death of Ingrid van Wyk Scholtz on the bypass, where [my wife] Michelle was almost killed on 27 April this year, will mark a turning point in the safety of road-users, including cyclists and pedestrians on Namibian roads, but only if we stand together,” Johan Vorster wrote on his Facebook page.
Vorster says he has had enough of ill-disciplined drivers causing carnage on Namibian roads. He hopes that all right-minded individuals feel the same for the sake of the safety of themselves, cyclists, pedestrians and more importantly, children.
“I will present a proposal to the Namibian Cycling Federation, the Namibian Olympic Committee and the Mayor of Windhoek to draw up a petition for the drafting of a new law. The petition will then be presented to the respective ministry and eventually to the president of our country for approval,” he wrote.
He says it will be called the Ingrid moment.
The proposed law includes that any legal video footage of a vehicle that does not obey the laws of the road, will lead to the arrest of the driver/owner of the vehicle who is to be charged with reckless driving with the intent to harm others until (s)he can prove themselves not guilty. He also proposes that any driver that bumps a cyclist or pedestrian (injured or not injured by any incident) on the road will immediately be guilty of “reckless driving and attempted murder” until proven not guilty. Cyclists should also be given legal authority on roads, with written rules to abide by.
“I believe that by adjusting these laws, drivers on our roads will start respecting and be more aware of cyclists, pedestrians and other road users, and accept them as common road users and will keep within the laws of the road, for their own sake,” he continued.
Vorster believes that if drivers respect and obey the laws of the road and adhere to speed limits and overtaking laws, and start showing respect and patience towards others, these killings and “getting away with murder, reckless driving and blatant mutilation of other human beings, through their nonchalance, arrogance and lawlessness” will decline.
Lawyer Theo Barnard endorses this proposal and is prepared to offer his services towards the cause free of charge. However, he noted that no legal system will ever deem any offender to be guilty, “unless proven innocent”. But there are ways to place the onus of proof on the party who collided with a cyclist.

Similar News


City sheds light on street renaming process

3 days ago - 03 December 2019 | Local News

Yolanda Nel Weeks after residents took to social media to complain about 13 street name changes, the City of Windhoek (CoW) explains the matter at...

Donning their birthday suits

1 week ago - 28 November 2019 | Local News

Tanja BauseViolence against women and children is a national and global problem. In light of this, three Windhoek ladies – Brigitte Marder-Scheid (63), Frauke Kreitz...

Blood donors celebrated

2 weeks ago - 19 November 2019 | Local News

The Blood Transfusion Service of Namibia (NamBTS) recently awarded milestone donors who have showed continued commitment in helping save lives through the altruistic act of...

Namibians their own worst enemy

2 weeks ago - 19 November 2019 | Local News

Yolanda Nel More than 4 000 people lost their lives on Namibian roads since 2014. Of this number, 509 have diedon Namibian roads so far...

Herrie oor straatnaamverandering

2 weeks ago - 19 November 2019 | Local News

Yolanda Nel Die verandering van 13 straatname in Windhoek om hulde aan Namibiese helde te bring, hetinwoners die harnas in.Behalwe vir die kostes van sulke...

City changes 13 street names

3 weeks ago - 14 November 2019 | Local News

Yolanda NelThe City of Windhoek (CoW) held a mass street renaming ceremony on Wednesday, to honour some of the fallen sons and daughters of the...

Rehoboth photographer sheds light on abuse

3 weeks ago - 12 November 2019 | Local News

Yolanda Nel A Photographer in Rehoboth did a photoshoot focusing on women and child and she has received a lot of good feedback. “With all...

Informal settlement gets electricity

4 weeks ago - 08 November 2019 | Local News

Yolanda Nel The City of Windhoek (CoW), together with the Ministry of Urban and Rural Development and the Electricity Control Board, yesterday inaugurated a N$13...

New Body on the block

4 weeks ago - 08 November 2019 | Local News

Although Star Body Works opened its doors in 2002, the Star Tyre and Glass Fitment Centre opened their doors on 1 September.Do you need new...

Moratorium placed on sand and gravel extraction

4 weeks ago - 07 November 2019 | Local News

Yolanda Nel A moratorium should be placed on the consideration of new applications for sand and gravelextraction in Groot Aub, according to a recommendation by...

Latest News

New development in Kleine Kuppe

6 hours ago | Infrastructure

At the ground breaking ceremony of a new development in the Kleine Kuppe, Windhoek City Council member Paulus Immanuel called on developers and financiers to...

Bags full of joy

23 hours ago | Society

This festive season Nedbank Namibia staff members are giving back to the less fortunate by supporting the Swakopmund Junior Town Council, to spread joy amongst...

CCSO projects end on a...

23 hours ago | Education

Earlier today the European Union (EU) and Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KAS) held an end of project event in Windhoek to celebrate the successes and achievements...

Get your house Christmas ready

23 hours ago | Art and Entertainment

December is here, which means that if you have yet to put up your Christmas decorations, then you’re already behind!But, despite the Christmas stockings, Santa...

Chill with Windhoek Express

1 day - 04 December 2019 | Art and Entertainment

Currently running• Atelier 7881 presents a monochrome exhibition with paintings, sketches and collages by Marcii Magson at 10 Oranje Street in Windhoek until 5 December....

What’s hot and happening at...

1 day - 04 December 2019 | Art and Entertainment

Bank Windhoek hosts the annual Summer Festival for visitors to the coast from Friday 6 December until Saturday 21 December, featuring loads of entertainment and...

New partnership broadens Gondwana horizons

2 days ago - 04 December 2019 | Business

The Gondwana Collection has entered into its first marketing partnership with the European hotelgroup, Romantik, which includes 200 hotels and 250 restaurants in nine European...

Dancing their way to N$30 000!

2 days ago - 04 December 2019 | Art and Entertainment

Yolanda Nel The fourth Kongoma dance festival is almost at its end, with the final taking place on Saturday at theSam Nujoma stadium.According to organiser...

Ghetto dreams are gold

3 days ago - 03 December 2019 | Art and Entertainment

Swakopmund • [email protected] hip-hop artist Paulus Kavindji (23), better known as Yung Kavin, has just released his second studio album, Ghetto Hero.Talking to this publication,...

Load More