Hummer driver offers to pay families

2013-04-23 10:23
Indi Himalindi Chiyabu (Theana Breugem, Beeld)

Indi Himalindi Chiyabu (Theana Breugem, Beeld)

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Pretoria - A man convicted of culpable homicide after crashing into three motorcyclists, killing two of them and injuring one, has offered to pay the victims' families compensation, it was reported on Tuesday.

Indi Hamalindi Chiyabu had offered R700 000 and was willing to negotiate a "six figure amount", The Pretoria News reported.

Chiyabu's lawyer Makhi Nogaga reportedly asked the Pretoria North Regional Court to intervene in the negotiations between him and the families.

However Magistrate Ben van Schalkwyk said the court was not in a position to make such an order, as it was not familiar with the families' circumstances, the newspaper reported.

Chiyabu crashed into the motorcyclists on Rachel de Beer Road, Pretoria, in October 2010 while driving a Hummer. The vehicle caught fire and Chiyabu fled the scene. He handed himself over to the police a few days later.

Two of the motorcycles also caught fire after the collision. Pieter Coetzee and JP Kruger, both members of the Christian Motorcyclists' Association SA, died at the scene.

Coetzee's son Pieter junior lost a leg in the accident.

Argument in aggravation of Chiyabu's sentence will be heard next month.

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