Manhunt launched for driver of grader that allegedly killed four kids in Ndwedwe

2014-03-28 00:00

THE driver of the grader that allegedly killed four children in Ndwedwe on Tuesday afternoon is still at large.

The man, an employee at Aqua Transport and Truck Hire in Pinetown, vanished after the accident.

Company spokesperson Sagree Gounden confirmed that the man was a permanent employee at the company.

“We have launched a manhunt for the man. He was employed through a labour broker. We are planning to assist the bereaved families with funeral arrangements and hopefully the driver will be found soon to explain what exactly happened on the day of the accident,” said Gounden.

She was not sure how long the man has been under the company’s employ, and would also not comment on allegations of beer bottles found in the grader, saying the matter was in the hands of the police.

“[We will] help the bereaved families with funeral arrangements, and the police will handle the investigation,” she said.

Hlengiwe Magwaza (11) had gone to fetch her cousins Langelihle (four), Busisani (two) and Zanele Magwana (four) from school.

Busisani’s mother Slindile said the company that owns the grader had approached the family offering to cover all the funeral costs, but they turned the offer down. “When our children were killed on their way home from school they didn’t bother to come to us or to the area to find out what happened. Now suddenly they are offering to cover the funeral costs.

“We told them we were not interested as we have sought legal advice from my sister’s boss, who is a lawyer. We were also told that the man was drunk when he killed our children,” she said.

Provincial police spokesperson Captain Thulani Zwane said three children died on the scene while Busisani died at Osindisweni Hospital.

“The driver of the grader is still at large. He will be charged with four cases of culpable homicide and reckless driving once he is found.

“There were no road works where the accident took place,” said Zwane.

He, however, could not confirm if beer bottles were found in the grader.

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