South Africa 28.11.2013 06:30 am

Midrand jogger killer shows no remorse

FILE PICTURE: Sibusiso Langa in the North Gauteng High Court on 27 November 2013. He was found guilty of culpable homicide and drunken driving after he crashed into a group of joggers in 2011 and killed five of them. Picture: Christine Vermooten

FILE PICTURE: Sibusiso Langa in the North Gauteng High Court on 27 November 2013. He was found guilty of culpable homicide and drunken driving after he crashed into a group of joggers in 2011 and killed five of them. Picture: Christine Vermooten

The mechanical engineer convicted of culpable homicide after plunging into a group of joggers with his SUV two years ago still insists his victims were to blame for the accident.

Testifying in mitigation, Sibusiso Langa told Judge Bert Bam he still maintained the accident had happened on his side of the road.

Langa was found guilty on five counts of culpable homicide and one of driving under the influence of alcohol, but acquitted on a charge of attempting to murder the only surviving jogger.

Asked by prosecutor Mervyn Menigo how it would give the families of the joggers any closure if he still insisted it was their fault, Langa said it was “difficult to say something he did not see”.

“Maybe as time goes on they will find the time to hear my side of the story,” an unrepentant Langa said.

Judge Bam said the State had not proved that Langa had reconciled himself with the deaths of the joggers and was guilty of murder.

The State had however proved that Langa had foreseen the fatal accident when he drove his powerful SUV too fast around a bend while he was under the influence of alcohol.

Langa had been grossly negligent and failed to properly control his vehicle with disastrous consequences, Judge Bam found.

The judge accepted evidence that Langa was driving on the wrong side of the road and that he was drunk at the time.

He rejected Langa’s claim that he only had two light beers while socialising with friends in the hours before the early morning accident as improbable.

Reneilwe Lesenyeho, Gaolojwe Tlale, Margaret Mokoatsi, Given Miles and Nomvula Dumako died in the accident and Stengile sustained serious injuries to her leg.

They group was training for the Soweto Marathon at the time.

Stengile said she was disappointed and upset that Langa had been acquitted on the charge of attempting to murder her.

“It’s like nothing happened to me,” she said. “The worst part is that he’s not taking any responsibility.” She said Langa never showed any remorse and was lying when he told the court he had tried to contact her and the families of her friends who died.

The trial continues on December 4.

 

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