Last week Thursday, MTN Technician Themba Sithole was held hostage by a snake after he discovered a snake while attending to a fault on site in KZN.
He regaled his experience to Xolani Gwala on 702 the following day:
When I looked down I realized I saw a coil of something so I thought it was one of the ropes that I was carrying so now I bent a little bit because that thing was just under my knee - just to organize the rope because I thought it was a rope ... So when I touched that thing, no I grabbed it, that's when I realized that it's a snake. My reaction was just to hurry up [the stairs] and close the door.— Themba Sithole, snake hostage
Sithole then alerted his colleague of the snake's presence and after being locked indoors for an hour a snake collector came to get the snake out of Sithole's path and into safety.
The snake could have been a harmless house snake or a deadly venomous Boomslang but Sithole who doesn't know that much about snakes was unable to identify it. Should you find yourself in a similar predicament, 702 wants to equip you so you're able to identify the snake in front of you.
The African Snake Bite Institute has shared free posters like the one below that will help you identify snakes around 702land: