To most families, they still want to get their heads around the whole crash and if what happened was not just a bad dream. To the NPA someone’s head must roll and who better to do that to than the driver. To most of us, from the outside, we still thinking what the hell happened in that dreadful accident. True answers are still yet to be revealed.
I will mostly be crucified for this but I am going to say it anyway, I will only blame this specific driver on the following conditions:
Ø If he was drunk;
Ø If he was tired and sleepy; and
Ø If he was speeding/ or what is known as reckless driving.
Apart from the above reasons then I don’t see anything being the driver’s fault. We are quick to crucify truck drivers whenever an accident happen, I am not saying in all instances it is not their fault, I am saying where there is a chance that it wasn’t then let us look at it that way, without the media pressurising the NPA that for ones just ones please do something right, of which you cannot blame them, the NPA have a way of screwing its citizens.
My limited common sense tells me that if it was indeed the driver’s fault then why his company got him a lawyer, which raised a huge question mark in my head. Secondly, from what I understand, murder is when someone kills intentionally and this to me was not murder, it was manslaughter. Thirdly, if the truck was at fault then they got the wrong man.
I know how it feels to loose someone due to reckless driving of a stupid driver, I have been there, it hurts like hell. Life does not become the same anymore or go back to normal, everything around you seems like it will never be the same again and it is very true, it shall never be the same.
Truck owners always get away with a whole lot of things; if this truck was faulty then it is not the driver’s fault. My assumption is that if a truck is to hit the road, it is someone’s responsibility that it be checked before it leaves its base. Common sense also tells me that the moment one take the truck, every check is made and all they need is to confirm if they can drive it out, if the answer is yes then one should not have any reason to doubt anyone as they are not a mechanic. That is what is called believing in the team you work with. If you not an accountant but engineer you cannot be attempting to do bank statements, you will not have a clue where to start.
All I am saying is, before we cut heads and split Khayelitsha’s striking goods; let us wait for the full assessment of both the truck and the driver but my common sense which I am depending a lot on tells me that, if the driver was drunk, sleepy or driving recklessly I would not waste my company’s money and get him a lawyer, of which in this case, the company got him one.
My question is, if the truck is found to have been faulty and there was nothing that the driver could have done to stop that horrific crash, is the defence attorney going to say, it was not the driver’s fault as the truck was faulty? Who pays for her legal fees?
On the other hand, if the truck was faulty, whose head is going to serve the sentence? Remember what the ministry’s office said, someone’s head must roll and rot in jail. Whose head is it going to be?
And again, if it is indeed the driver’s fault, somehow he could have been able to prevent that accident then his head must roll in jail for the rest of his life.
Who is really at fault here?
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