Sista Kerri is one of the more well known and loved people in Knysna. On Saturday night, April 11, her son and his family were involved in a bad car crash in Nekkies. She gives thanks for their survival but it’s also a sad tale about the morality of our society.
Shakasi Kasonde, his wife Candice, their 16-month-old baby, Alishe, and their niece, Calsey, were on their way to watch a local rugby match. They claim to be have been struck by an oncoming driver who was on the wrong side of the road near Green House Tavern.
Disturbingly, whilst they were in shock and injured, they were robbed. Candice, with a broken arm and leg, had her cellphone taken and her gold necklace ripped from her neck. Worse is that she was severely traumatised at that moment as her baby wasn’t responding (the baby was probably in shock too, from a bump on her head, but she is, thankfully, fine now).
Shakasi managed to stop them from taking her bag.
The other driver allegedly never helped them but rode to the police station to report the accident.
Sista Kerri looked at the positive side of it and said, “Jah see and know. Give thanx also to all the good people who gave love, help and comfort.Thanx to the ambulance and hospital staff. The families are all very grateful. Blessings to you all. They are all okay now and healing. The hand of the Almighty was surely upon them as you can see from the state of the bakkie – a total write-off.”
Sista Kerri doesn’t have the finances to purchase another vehicle which is a great pity as her job on Thursdays is to deliver Actions Ads and on Saturdays to run her stall at the Harkerville Market. Her Rastafari community of Judah Square loses too as she is on the Sista’s Council and often uses the vehicle to help them. May they meet kind strangers.
NB: A second issue, whether related or unrelated to this story, is that cars are often parked outside the taverns in Knysna Townships. Where are the alcohol checks? Why are they allowed to illegally park on the curb. In the case of Nekkies, that means that pedestrians have to walk into the road on a bend, especially dangerous on a misty night. Why is the rule of Knysna law not applied to all so that everyone is offered the same safety?