NPA: Treat reckless drivers aggressively
Cape Town - An "aggressive
approach" of charging irresponsible drivers with murder instead of
culpable homicide was paying off, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said
Spokesperson Eric Ntabazalila said the
approach was yielding the desired result of heavier sentences and he believed
it was sustainable.
The NPA welcomed the 20-year jail term handed
down to taxi driver Jacob Humphreys in the Cape High Court on Tuesday.
Humphreys was convicted of murder following
an accident on August 25, 2010 at the Buttskop level crossing in Cape Town.
While taking children to school, he overtook
a row of cars, ignored safety signals and proceeded over the tracks.
A train hit the taxi, killing 10 of the
children. Four others were seriously injured.
The NPA said it was happy it had brought
justice to the family and friends of those involved in the crash.
It welcomed Judge Robert Henney's dismissal
of an application for leave to appeal the conviction and sentence.
"Throughout the case we have argued that
there is only one sentence justifiable for this type of crime and that was
direct imprisonment," Ntabazalila said.
"We have argued that he was running away
from taking responsibility and there was a serious lack of remorse on his
The NPA emphasised that not all drivers
involved in car accidents would be charged with murder.
"Each case will be judged on its own