Another car has gone off the cliff face at Hansie se Bank at Voëlklip, near Herolds Bay on Saturday, February 20.

“Reports of another car that went off the cliff at Voëlklip Near Heroldtsbay.. Southern Cape.. Updates to follow,” wrote 1Second CPT-Daily Safety and Security Alerts in a Fecbook post.

The police and emergency services are on the scene, according to the George Herald. The cause of the accident is not yet known.

Yet another car has crashed down the cliff face at Hansie se Bank, at Voëlklip near Herolds Bay. The police and…

Posted by George Herald on Saturday, 20 February 2021

Social media users are reeling in shock. Many are calling for a barrier to be erected at the viewpoint.

“Please stop this and put up a huge barrier!!!,” said Janine Julyan.

“This is becoming a real tragedy and yet still no sign of any safety measures going up,” said Colleen Petersen.
“That road needs to be closed off or barriers erected,” said Dalene Kerr.

On January 21 2o21, a vehicle plunged down the cliff at Voëlklip viewpoint. A mother (34), her daughter (2) and son (8) were in the vehicle.

The boy managed to escape the vehicle and survived. The mother’s body was recovered the next day on January 22. On February 4, the body of the little girl was discovered floating in the sea between Swartvlei and Kleinkrantz by a fisherman.

The son told a passerby who had helped him at the time that the event was not an accident and that his mother had deliberately driven off the cliff, reports City Press.

Voëlklip is a notorious zone for fatal accidents, and the viewpoint has even been coined “the cliff of death”. Eight people died in the area from November 3, 2015 to April 29, 2016.

Timeline of Voelklip accidents:

2015:

In November 2015, Gabriel Harker (38) was swept off the rocks while fishing and drowned.

In the same month, three students from George died after their Toyota Hilux fell from the cliff near the lookout point. The bodies of Luandro Jansen (22) and Marnic Els (21) were found but not that of Werner Finger.

In December 2015, Josh Allpass (15) and Warren Dickson (14) were also washed off the rocks while fishing. Their bodies were never recovered.

2016:

In April 2016, Tobias Koen (62) was in his delivery vehicle and died when it went over the cliffs at Voëlklip beach.

2019:

In October 2019, Heidi Scheepers and her two children fell from the viewpoint in their car. Police confirmed that the area where Scheepers and her two children plunged down the cliff, was the exact spot where the three students from George had fallen too. Both Heidi and her son’s bodies were recovered but her daughter was never found.

In December 2019, 52-year-old Zonita Basson plunged into the sea in her red Chevrolet Spark. Her body was recovered.

2020:

In January 2020, a man was seen speeding in a white Ford Ecosport, with a CA-registration, before the car plummeted from the road down the cliffs. His body was recovered

This is a developing story

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Article written by

Imogen Searra