from page 1 Families demand justice in Fields Hill case

2016-08-16 06:00
Karan Janisch with the family members and supporters of the victims who died in a Fields Hill accident  outside the Verulam Magistrates Court. Photo: ANDILE SITHOLE

Karan Janisch with the family members and supporters of the victims who died in a Fields Hill accident outside the Verulam Magistrates Court. Photo: ANDILE SITHOLE

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Phumzile Nhlabathi (47) said that she lost her daughter in the crash.

“She was a student at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. My dream was to send her to a tertiary institution so that she would get a better job.
“But my daughter is no more. I want justice to be served. Govender should have apologised to us,” she said.

Govender appeared at Verulam Magistrate’s court on 12 August facing four charges relating to contravention of the National Road Traffic Act, the Immigration Act and operating an unroadworthy vehicle.

In his first appearance at court in July, the case was adjourned for further statements.

However, family members of the victims expressed their anger last week as the matter seems to be dragging.

The driver Sanele May (18) was sentenced to eight years at the Pinetown Magistrate’s Court in November 2014.

May was driving the truck that crashed into four taxis and other cars on 5 September 2015 causing the deaths of 24 people.

Angry residents used social media to voice their opinions and called on the justice department to act decisively on the matter.

The case was adjourned to 26 September for representations to be made by Govender’s attorney Theasan Pillay.

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