RUNAWAY TRUCKS DRIVER WEEPS IN COURT AS HE IS SLAPPED WITH 22 COUNTS OF MURDER
By: Zinhle Mngadi
The truck driver of the horrific Pinetown accident which happened last week Thursday killing 27 people appeared in the Pinetown Magistrate’s Court weeping as the judge heard his case.
Sanele May (23) appeared in court on Monday after he was arrested on Friday for culpable homicide and reckless driving as indicated by the KwaZulu-Natal police spokesperson, Vincent Mdunge. However, these charges were soon converted Monday by the judge into 27 murder charges and reckless driving.
May skipped a red robot in Field Hill and Richmond Road (M13) and clashed into four fully loaded minibus taxi’s and a car killing 27 people and leaving over 30 injured. This fatal accident has caught the eye of many including the Acting President Jeff Radebe, KZN Transport MEC Willies Mchunu and various religious organisations who visited the accident scene and laid flowers to mourn the lives lost.
It is suspected that the accident may have been caused by failure of the trucks brakes. The National Prosecuting Authority Spokesperson Natasha Ramkisson said that the truck’s licence disc had expired and the investigation will continue to find any other cause as reported by the SABC news.
“Well according to the SAPS the investigations are still very much at a very initial stage, so there is a lot of investigations still to be done as this matter proceeds,” said Ramkisson.
The brief court appearance was adjourned for next week Wednesday where the court will hear the accused bail hearing. He will remain in under police custody in the Westville Prison until he’s bail hearing date.