South Africa: 22 Dead, Manslaughter Charged

South Africa: 22 Dead ManslaughterThe truck driver allegedly who was responsible for the horrific road incident last week that killed 22 people in Pinetown, is charged with murder.

Sanele Goodness May (23) from Swaziland, appeared at the Pinetown Regional Court briefly yesterday morning.

Natasha Ramkisson, spokesperson for the KwaZulu-Natal prosecuting, said “May was initially charged with culpable homicide and reckless or negligent driving.”

“The 22 counts of manslaughter this morning (yesterday morning) converted to 22 counts of murder,” she said.

Police investigating the incident are still in the early stages. It is still unclear though why the charges changed to murder.  The accident happened Thursday evening around 19:00, on the corner of Fieldshillweg (M13) and Richmondweg.  The truck’s brakes apparently failed and collided into four minibus taxis that were full of passengers and another motor vehicle.

Sagekal Logistics, which owns the truck,  has appointed Theasen Pillay to be Mr May’s attorney to defend him in his court hearing.

When Mr May arrived at the court on Tuesday morning, it could be seen that he was crying.  For the time being, Mr Pillay has asked that his client should remain in custody at the Pinetown police station.

Magistrate Wendolynn Robinson postponed the case until next Wednesday. May’s bail application will be heard.

Written By: Landi Bezuidenhout

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2 Responses to "South Africa: 22 Dead, Manslaughter Charged"

  1. Melissa   September 12, 2013 at 6:23 am

    My heart absolutely aches for this guy. Why is the company not being charged at all? Despite the very sad fact that so many people were killed, if the brakes failed it is clear that it wasn’t intentional, so why is he charged with murder? Absolutely horrible. So young, yet his life is just ruined.

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  2. Khanyo   September 12, 2013 at 3:54 am

    As much as many lives where lost on that day, I personally feel very sorry for mr may because he was not drunk or anything for that matter. It was because the brakes which makes the vehicle not roadworthy but the owner still let his driver use it regardless whether it has been for service or not!!!! I think May is going through emotional stress and the truama of seeing himself plough through minibuses full of people but had no control over it. For all the lifes that were lost my condolences to them and wishing May the best of luck in all his court cases.

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