Conviction shows Burry Stander was not responsible - brother

2015-04-17 17:07

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Port Shepstone - A minibus taxi driver's conviction in the Port Shepstone Magistrate's Court has proven that star cyclist Burry Stander had not been responsible for the fatal crash that claimed his life.

Stander's brother Duane, speaking after minibus taxi driver Njabulo Nyawose was found guilty of culpable homicide and failing to obey a traffic sign, said that it was important to the family "to know that he's not with us through any fault of his own. That was really the major prize. It [the conviction] sends out a clear message to road users to obey the law and cyclists and motorists need to respect each other, because if we don't, it has consequences”.

Earlier NPA spokesperson Natasha Ramkisson-Kara said Nyawose was convicted in the Port Shepstone Magistrate's Court on Friday by Magistrate Charmaine Barnard.

Stander, 25, died on January 3 2013 when he was struck by Nyawose's taxi while cycling in Shelley Beach on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast.

He was fifth in the men's cross-country race at the 2012 London Olympics. Four years earlier, at the Beijing Games, he finished 15th in the cross-country event.

In 2011, Stander became the first South African to win the Cape Epic stage race in the Western Cape with Swiss partner Christoph Sauser.

The pair defended their title in 2012.

Ramkisson-Kara said that Nyawose would be sentenced on May 27. He would remain out on warning until then.

Stander's brother told News24 by telephone that he was relieved that the case had reached a conclusion.

As relieved as he was, Standers brother said: "The verdict's not going to bring my brother back."

He and his mother attended sentencing, but Stander's wife Cherise Taylor-Stander was not in court.

 

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