Golden Pautwe (24) was selling chickens on the side of the road when tragedy struck. Golden had just taken a chicken out of the cage to give to a customer when the bird escaped and ran towards the road.
The young man was running after the bird when a speeding car knocked him over.
Golden died on the spot, but the chicken survived.
The sad incident happened on Saturday outside Angelo squatter camp in Boksburg, Ekurhuleni.
Golden’s uncle Lifred Samba (67) watched in horror as his nephew was flipped into the air, dying instantly when he hit the tar road.
Angry community members said they’d been complaining about the road for a long time, but nothing had been done.
“How many more people must die before they do something? We want to know what it will take for speed humps to be put on this road,” said community leader Chris Nchabeleng.
The distraught uncle couldn’t contain himself on Monday when the SunTeam paid him a visit.
“My nephew came here several weeks ago and now he’s dead,” said Lifred, who sells chickens for a living.
“Golden was not doing anything at home, so I asked my sister to send him here to help me,” he cried.
A culpable homicide case has been opened.
Councillor Hilary Cooke said she was sick of begging the municipality to do something about the road.
Ekurhuleni municipal spokesman Themba Gadebe said the National Road Act stated that they couldn’t put speed humps on the road.