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