Others may be charged over Pinetown crash

2014-05-28 12:30
The Pinetown crash. (ER24)

The Pinetown crash. (ER24)

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Durban - Truck driver Sanele May, who was arrested for the horror Pinetown accident that claimed the lives of 24 people last year, may not shoulder the blame alone when he stands trial.

On Tuesday, State prosecutor Alistair Walters said that others may be added to the indictment with the Swazi national ahead of his next appearance in the KwaZulu-Natal High Court in August.

It is unclear whether or not truck owner Gregory Govender would be indicted.

May was a no-show at court when the prison transport service had shuttled him to the Pinetown Magistrate’s Court where he had previously appeared. He arrived late, after his matter had been heard.

May has been held without bail since the bloody accident when his out-of-control truck careened through the Richmond Road intersection, laying waste to several cars and minibus taxis.

Twenty-two people were killed at the scene. Two died later in hospital.

Senior state advocate Alistair Walters said that the State would consider adding more people to the indictment.

“The State could add other accused to the indictment and representations will be made to the prosecutor,” he said before Judge Shyam Gyanda.

May has been remanded in Westville Prison after his bail was denied on the basis of his immigration status.

Support group

Peach Piche, who heads May’s support group, said that the adding of others to the indictment was comforting.

“I think he [May] is a bit frustrated that the case is dragging on but he understands that it is to his benefit. New developments have been coming to light since his bail was denied, the charges were dropped from murder to culpable homicide and the report on the truck was made available. Now there is word of extra accused,” she said.

“All we ever wanted was justice for him and families of the victims. We know someone needs to be held accountable and we need to be sure that the right amount of blame is apportioned,” she said.

“We have never been on a witch hunt for the owner of the truck, the law just needs to take its course. It is more than just Sanele who is suffering,” Piche said.

NPA spokesperson Natasha Ramkisson referred all queries to national spokesperson Nathi Mncube, who was not available.

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