Watch: Truck-surfer in Durban dices with death on N2 freeway_1

There is a fine line between bravery and stupidty. But not in this case. This is too far gone on the “stupidity” spectrum for bravery to even get a sniff. A Durban man who hitched a ride on the back of a corrugated sheet attached to a truck came extremely close to meeting a gruesome end.

The truck-surfer was spotted by motorists who could scarcely believe what they were seeing. One of the passengers begins recording when they spot a person holding onto the back of the truck for dear life. With arms splayed across the sheet and the wind blasting through the air, this lunatic was prepared to dice with death.

Truck-surfer comes close to death

Right on cue, a tremendous gust of wind lifts up the contents of the cab, spraying debris across the N2 freeway. Sheets and bits of plastic obstruct the slow lane, as the man in the back of the truck is tossed into the air. Miraculously, he lands back in the vehicle before it pulls over.

The blatant disregard for his own safety – and that of other motorists – is a shocker. Metro police spokesperson Parboo Sewpersad has branded the incident as an “illegal practice”, as it is against the law to carrying goods unsafely in a vehicle. The extra passenger is also forbidden from sitting or resting on goods that are being transported.

The incident has also drawn ire from Arrive Alive. The road safety campaigners shared the video on their Twitter feed on Tuesday evening, labelling it as “no laughing matter”. The group were keen to stress that things could have ended much worse, as the subject of the video managed to cheat death.

Laugh or cry?

The initial video has garned tens of thousands of views on social media, and it has been re-posted hundreds of times. Despite the authorities’ stern warnings, Mzansi has been giggling at the sheer lunacy on show. Even the men behind the camera can’t stop chuckling, even when it all goes tits-up and the debris falls off of the truck.

That’s South Africans in a nutshell, though: If no-one died, we’re going to have a laugh about it. We’ll let you be the ultimate judge on this one – we still don’t know whether it’s more appropriate to laugh or cry.

Watch the Durban truck-surfer here:

Sadly no laughing matter… could have ended very badly!! #ArriveAlive @ConstructionSfy— Arrive Alive (@_ArriveAlive) November 26, 2019