Regulate bungee industry - court
Johannesburg - The owners of a bungee jumping company and two employees were found guilty of culpable homicide at a hearing in the Graskop Magistrate's Court, according to a report on Friday.
Johannesburg - The owners of a bungee jumping company and two employees were found guilty of culpable homicide at a hearing in the Graskop Magistrate's Court, Beeld reported on Friday.
This followed a 2010 incident in which a 29-year-old woman, Jo-Ann Samuels, was killed during a tandem bungee jump with her husband, Hendrik Samuels, after a rope malfunctioned and slipped.
Jo-Ann, who landed on rocks, was killed instantly, and her husband was seriously injured.
District magistrate Dries Lamprecht on Thursday told Vuka Marketing, the owners of bungee company, Big Swing, and employees Doctor Mnisi and Al Martins, that they were negligent.
Lamprecht said there was an urgent need for legislation to regulate adventure sports like bungee jumping.
"Current measures are woefully inadequate, and these kinds of sports should not even be allowed in the country," he said, adding that signing an indemnity form before a jump was "not worth the paper it is printed on".
Lamprecht fined Vuka Marketing R300 000, suspended for five years, while Mnisi and Martins were each fined R100 000, suspended for a year.
Vuka Marketing was ordered to pay Hendrik Samuels compensation of R120 000 within a week.