Husband’s ordeal continues

2014-07-29 00:00

GRANT du Bois despairs that he will never see justice for his wife who died in a tragic car smash nearly eight years ago.

Yesterday the case in which a taxi driver charged with culpable homicide in connection with the death of his wife, Lynette, was postponed in the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court yet again.

She died on March 16, 2007, when the car they were travelling in was struck by a mini-bus taxi after it allegedly jumped a red light in Pietermaritzburg’s CBD.

Du Bois, originally from Pietermaritzburg but who has now moved to Durban, has, meanwhile, also had to cope with the tragic death of his son. The body of Brett du Bois was discovered on the M4 in Durban on March 7, 2013. The circumstances of his death are unclear.

Yesterday, Du Bois spoke of his frustration at the slow turning of the wheels of justice, after venting his despair on Facebook.

“ My wife died in a car accident on the March 16, 2007 … The detective did his job promptly. The case is still in court and keeps on getting remanded for one reason or the other. [The case is] going into the eight year. Why do normal people get treated differently to celebrities?”

Du Bois told The Witness it irked him to watch the Oscar Pistorius murder trial which seemed to show that one rule applied to celebrities and another to ordinary folk.

He said it took five years for mini-bus taxi driver, Sibongiseni Easterboy Khuzwayo (34) from KwaPata, to even come to court to plead to the charge.

Khuzwayo has pleaded not guilty.

When the case came before magistrate Helgaard Fobian yesterday it was again postponed until September 17 for further evidence.

A distraught Du Bois said he has not been able to get closure and put the tragedy behind him while the case continues to drag on.

Describing the accident with the minibus, Du Bois said he and his wife, who were living in Bisley, were fetching his son Brett from a friend’s house.

The couple had been crushed together in their smashed car. He could not move, except to touch a button on his phone to call his son and yell for him to help them.

“Meanwhile, some people were putting their hands through the window and were taking things out of my wife’s handbag and I couldn’t do a thing about it,” he said.

“[Lynette] had a broken neck but I didn’t know it at the time. I did know that it was drastic.

“She couldn’t make a sound. There was just a gurgling sound … she was definitely aware of something because she was holding onto my hand so tight,” he said.

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