Midrand joggers' killer Sibusiso Langa gets 12 years

2013-12-12 08:38

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The mechanical engineer, accused of killing six joggers with his SUV in Midrand two years ago, has been jailed for 12 years.

Sibusiso Langa (47) did not show much emotion as Pretoria High Court Judge Bert Bam sentenced him, the Star newspaper reported today.

The judge also ordered that Langa’s driving licence be cancelled.

The Star reported that Bam said true remorse would have aided Langa’s case.

Langa was sentenced yesterday.

Bam found Langa guilty last month on five counts of culpable homicide and one of drink-driving, but acquitted him on a charge of attempting to murder the only survivor of the accident, Abegail Stengile.

Bam rejected Langa’s claim that the accident had taken place on his side of the road and that the joggers had run into the path of his Mercedes-Benz ML500 on Lever Road, Midrand, on October 22 2011.

He rejected Langa’s claim that he only had two light beers while socialising with friends until the early morning hours at a restaurant before the accident.

Bam said the eyewitness, surviving victim, and all of the circumstantial evidence proved the accident happened while Langa was driving on the wrong side of the road.

He accepted an accident reconstruction expert’s evidence that Langa only started braking after hitting the joggers and that he was driving more than 113km/h in a 60km/h zone at the time.

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