Mpumalanga taxi driver faces nine charges of murder

12 people were confirmed dead following the crash on Friday. Picture: Standerton Advertiser.

12 people were confirmed dead following the crash on Friday. Picture: Standerton Advertiser.

The case against a taxi driver involved in an accident that claimed the lives of 11 people has been postponed to next week.

A reliable source at the Standerton Magistrate’s Court told Standerton Advertiser that the driver would face nine charges of murder, one of fraud and one of reckless driving.

The source said that the number of the charges was subject to change at the taxi driver’s next court appearance and that charges could be changed from culpable homicide to murder.

This after the conduct of the driver was said to have added to the severity of the charges.

Last week, the man was arrested for having a fake driver’s licence following the accident on the R23 between Standerton and Perdekop in Mpumalanga.

“Traffic and police officers who attended the crash scene requested a driver’s licence from the driver and he produced a falsified licence,” Mpumalanga community safety spokesperson Joseph Mabuza said.

The taxi driver had allegedly failed to stop at a ‘Stop and Go’ construction site, and continued to drive on a single lane and later collided head-on with a truck.

The Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) said it would oppose the taxi driver being granted bail.

“We will plead with the law enforcement to consider opposing bail and that the suspect be charged with the most severe crime,” said RTMC chairman Zola Majavu.

The case was postponed to 15 October when his bail application will be heard.

In a separate incident, last month, a truck driver was arrested after skipping a traffic light in Empangeni, KwaZulu-Natal.

A total of 20 people, including 15 school children – some as young as seven – were injured when the truck smashed into the Hyundai bakkie at the intersection of Main Road and Higgs Road.

Caxton News Service




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