The driver, identified as a 23-year-old Swaziland national, was arrested on Friday and faces multiple charges ranging from culpable homicide to reckless and negligent driving.
The accident occurred when the articulated truck hit four fully-laden minibus taxis and a Volkswagen Golf on the corners of Fields Hill (M13) and Richmond roads in Pinetown shortly before 7pm on Thursday.
KwaZulu-Natal transport MEC Willies Mchunu said truck drivers heading to Durban often attempt to avoid paying toll road fees to save the money for themselves.
“They are trying not to pay toll fees and therefore use that money for personal reasons. We suspect that is what happened in this case,” he said.