Crime & courts

Woman injured on Anaconda claims R3.6m from Gold Reef City

The thrilling Anaconda at Gold Reef City is described as a “must ride”, with a nine out of 10 fear factor and a truly unforgettable experience.

 

However, for a Northcliff, Joburg north woman, it is an experience she will never forget, but for different reasons.

Candis Goodwin, 42, said in a summons issued in the Gauteng High Court, Pretoria, that she shattered her left shin bone while she was riding on the Anaconda last year during a team building outing with her colleagues.

 

She is blaming the theme park owners for the accident, and is claiming R3.6 million from Gold Reef City Theme Park Pty LT.

 

In opposing the claim, the company denied that the incident ever occurred. It said if the court did find that there was such an incident, Goodwin then contributed to it by, among others, not remaining in a safe position.

In response to this, Goodwin’s lawyer Cheri Rudd filed papers in which she said her client had a right in terms of the Constitution to seek redress with the court.

 

Rudd added that in terms of the Consumer Protection Act, Goodwin, in any event, had the right to claim compensation.

 

She said the theme park is a “supplier” or a “service provider” and the damages suffered by Goodwin constitute “harm” as envisaged in the Consumer Protection Act.

 

Besides this, Rudd said, when her client entered the theme park on this and the previous occasions, she did not notice or read the disclaimer notice, at or near the entrance.

 

Rudd said any reasonable person in the position of her client would not have expected that there would be a disclaimer to indemnify the park from any liability if anyone got hurt.

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