MBABANE – A South African biker wants a whopping E8.6 million from Sincephetelo Motor Vehicle Accident Fund (SMVAF)
Tshidiso Ledimo of San Ridge Village, Gauteng in South Africa, has taken SMVAF to the High Court where he is demanding payment of this amount after he was involved in an accident during his visit to the country.
Ledimo mentioned that he was employed as a banking risk control and governance officer earning E61 926.79 per month.
He claimed that as a result of the injuries he sustained during the accident, he would be compelled to take an early retirement at the age of 55 years.
For future loss of earnings only, Ledimo is demanding E7 432 214.80.
He highlighted that the total amount of E8 608 209.82 he was claiming was made up and comprised of a loss of E61 926 .79 over a period of 10 years until the usual retirement age of 65 years, pain and suffering, medical expenses and general damages.
In his particulars of claim, Ledimo stated that on August 21, 2013, on the MR9 Road near Enkomeni, a collision occurred between a Volkswagen Golf motor vehicle registered BWF 642 MP, driven by one Mthunzi Dlamini, and his motorcycle.
According to the plaintiff (Ledimo), the collision was caused by the sole negligence of Dlamini, who was allegedly negligent.
He alleged that Dlamini was negligent in one or more of the following respects: executed a U-turn across Ledimo’s path of travel, drove the vehicle without a driver’s licence, failed to maintain a proper lookout and also failed to apply brakes timeously, adequately or at all.
He also claimed that Dlamini travelled at an excessive speed and also failed to exercise an adequate control over his motor vehicle.
Ledimo went on to allege that Dlamini failed to avoid a collision when by the exercise of reasonable skill and care he could and should have done so.