Another suicide at ‘bridge of death’

Kathryn Kimberley

YET another life has been lost at the Van Stadens “bridge of death” in Port Elizabeth after a 60-year-old woman leapt to her death at the weekend.

Police did not, however, identify the woman on request from her family.

This is the 82nd victim since the bridge’s opening in November 1971.

Police spokeswoman Warrant Officer Marianette Olivier said passersby had spotted the woman on the bridge on Saturday morning preparing to jump.

A motorist on the N2 between Port Elizabeth and Jeffreys Bay immediately phoned the emergency services.

Police were too late to avert the tragedy.

They arrived just after 10am, shortly after the woman jumped to her death.

Her body was recovered by a team in a police helicopter.

The road was closed off for much of the morning and the traffic redirected while police were busy at the scene.

Olivier said yesterday the family of the deceased woman – who were spotted at the scene – were distraught and did not want to talk to the media.

In January, two people died after jumping off the bridge – Christo Barnard, 33, of Cotswold, and Jeanine Engelbrecht, 51, of Uitenhage.

A negotiator saved another potential jumper’s life in July after he talked the man off the bridge.

Just 12 days after the bridge opened in 1971, the first person, reportedly a woman from Uitenhage, jumped to her death.

The Friends of Van Stadens Bridge Trust will meet with the South African National Roads Agency Limited later this month to discuss the possibility of erecting an anti-jump barrier, which will cost about R1-million.

8 thoughts on “Another suicide at ‘bridge of death’

  • February 9, 2016 at 10:03 pm
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    … Its this oppression, suppression and depression that we as Citizens are facing each living day in this sinking Country, that eventually leads to this kind of behavior, cause we’re fighting a stupid battle, corruption and racism, the fun simply doesn’t stop, its enough to make one feel Suicidal!!!…

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  • May 18, 2015 at 9:50 am
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    They need to erect catch nets that have a “stun gun” like effect to stop the attempts. They also need to hire security personnel to stop this. It may come at a cost, but it is worthy.

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  • May 3, 2015 at 2:59 pm
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    If someone wants to end their life, that’s their choice. If anti-jump barriers are erected, they’ll just find another bridge to jump off.

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  • December 23, 2014 at 11:22 pm
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    They have bee talking about erecting barriers 16 years ago when I left SA and have done nothing to prevent more suicides???????

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  • November 5, 2014 at 1:24 pm
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    My opinion last time was that they should build a tunnel over the bridge closing it totally..but hay a citizens opinion doesn’t matter in S.A, now another person lost her life and that after this new barrier was put up, that barrier is just provoking jumpers not preventing them from jumping…R.I.P lady.

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    • November 5, 2014 at 4:46 pm
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      look at the date of the article August 20, 2012 very old article before new barrier was put up

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  • October 28, 2014 at 7:05 am
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    They should look at how they do it here in Australia they have a good barrier system here

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  • October 15, 2014 at 8:27 pm
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    God please forgive her,may her dear soul rest in peace.Amen

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