Updated: March 15

As mentioned in the article below the accident occurred under the bridge on Yale road off university property. It is important to regard the situation as two separate matters, said Rob Kemp.

The traffic lights and the general operation of that intersection is property of the Johannesburg Council and therefore the university has no jurisdiction at this intersection and cannot interfere with the traffic flow in any way.

Yale road north which leads to the boomgates and after, is the university’s concern. Kemp said that they attempt to get the traffic through this point as quickly and efficiently as possible.

The lead up to the boom and the Yale road/tunnel to west campus is where Campus Control places an internal parking officer when traffic is the busiest.

Kemp said, “Campus Control will assist where possible if students and staff need asistance whether this is on university property or not.


Orignial: March 1

A WITS student was knocked off his motorbike last week Thursday on Yale road near the intersection with Empire road.

Wits Vuvuzela arrived on the scene shortly after the accident and saw the driver of the motorbike, a male student, lying on the ground. He appeared to be injured and several paramedics were treating him.

His silver motorcycle could be seen lying on the ground some distance away.

The accident closed off a lane of the road forcing Johannesburg Metro police to reroute traffic around the scene.  The accident drew a crowd of people who looked on to the scene.

Whether the student was injured or how the accident occurred is not yet known.

The student was on his motorbike when he collided with a grey Mercedes Benz at about 2.30pm under the bridge on Yale road, according to Campus Control investigations manager Oscar Manqaba.

When asked by Wits Vuvuzela what safety precautions the university taken to prevent accidents at the intersection, Campus Control head Rob Kemp said the accident was not the university’s responsibility.

“The accident occurred under the bridge on Yale road, this is off university property,” he said.

The north gate entrance to the university is a busy intersection from 6.30-8am and later at 4-5pm.

Students are advised to take extra precautions when entering and exiting the university at these traffic points as it is a high accident zone.