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Taxi driver sentence 'a warning'

2012-02-29 14:47

Cape Town - Those who disregard road rules should take note of the stiff sentence imposed on taxi driver Jacob Humphreys, Metrorail warned on Wednesday.

"We urge motorists to take note of this judgment and appreciate that their behaviour at level crossings not only places their own lives in harm's way, but the lives of others both on the road or in the train that may be passing the crossing," the company said.

It was working with the authorities to enforce the correct behaviour at such crossings.

Western Cape High Court Judge Robert Henney sent Humphreys to jail for in effect 20 years 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.

Comments
  • Godfrey - 2012-02-29 15:10

    Hope the NPA will continue to "treat reckless drivers aggressively" in the case of Jub Jub where school children died in Soweto.

      Martin - 2012-02-29 15:18

      in JHB we will be asked to get out the vehicle, hand over our bank card and pin, then be handcuffed and shot in the back with an R5 on automatic,

  • SJ Kleynhans - 2012-02-29 15:24

    If they think one sentence will do the trick they are very naieve! Taxis cause so many deaths on the road! They are either involved directly, or indirectly, causing an accident, and he is just lucky enough not to get hit! Tonight at the shebeen " eish I saw a very bad accident today! Ja, right behind my taxi while I was overtaking and swerving in front of everybody and then stopping all of a sudden to pick up someone sticking his fingers up, and not waiting at the bus stop like he should! But hey, ten bucks is ten bucks ne umfaan!"

  • hendrikus.coetzee - 2012-02-29 15:26

    i hope they will bring this to namibia also

  • Leigh de Beer - 2012-02-29 15:43

    10 kids...20 years..... 2 yrs each. Life is cheap. Most people can't follow the rules, cops sit in their cars sleeping while people go through red light intersections. Same deadly outcome. It's too light a sentence!

      Fourie - 2012-02-29 16:26

      I agree it should have been 25 years for each child. Unfortunately in south africa if u get 10 life sentences the first one cancels the others out and he end up only doing the one life sentence. Word out on the street is that he will only serve 8yrs.

  • march54 - 2012-02-29 15:57

    20 years for changing the lives forever of the families of the children killed and injured is not a stern enough warning. They trusted the driver with their precious children and he deliberately exposed them to deadly driving all in the chase for more money. There needs to be better policing of the taxi industry more so when transporting minors. Laws need to enforced equally, any driver of public transport who contributes to the death of passenger or pedestrian should automatically have drivers license suspended. All drivers of public transport should be required to display their drivers license and insurance cover in their vehicle for the passengers to inspect

  • Heidi - 2012-02-29 16:05

    I am glad something is being done. But it seems a little too late...what about the lives of those 10 children? What about their grieving parents??? Do away with the " Mob" taxi business and bring a real public transportation into place, one that is safe for ALL to use.

  • Melanie - 2012-02-29 16:08

    This means nothing to Taxi drivers. They own the roads. Lives are put in danger everyday because they NEVER obey the rules and no-one can do a thing about it. The Government has allowed Taxi Associations to dictate for too long and now they are out of control. That's the facts.

  • Clayton - 2012-02-29 17:30

    Nobody hears you from the outside

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