Driver of bakkie that killed eight changes lawyer

2016-01-15 10:00
FILE: The accident scene in Imbali that claimed the lives of eight children when a woman driving a bakkie of 23 children lost control down a steep hill. The vehicle ramped a fence and crashed into a house.

FILE: The accident scene in Imbali that claimed the lives of eight children when a woman driving a bakkie of 23 children lost control down a steep hill. The vehicle ramped a fence and crashed into a house. (Jonathan Burton, The Witness)

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Pietermaritzburg - The Pietermaritzburg woman whose bakkie collided into a house, killing eight primary school children, has changed her lawyer.

Lungile Princess Mthimkulu (32) has been charged with eight counts of culpable homicide in connection with the incident.

Alternatively, Mthimkulu is charged with reckless and negligent driving, or driving without consideration for other road users.

On January 28, 2015, nearly 12 months ago, she allegedly lost control of her bakkie while transporting 23 children home from Fezokuhle Primary School, and crashed into a house in Imbali­. The children, aged seven to 11, were flung from the vehicle.

According to a court official, the matter has been postponed as Mthimkulu has hired defence lawyer Simphiwe Ngwenya.

“The matter will come before court again on January 28 so that the defence can obtain copies of all statements,” said the official.

Ngwenya was unavailable for comment yesterday as he was attending court matters throughout the day.

Among the clients Ngwenya has defended in the past is Nkululeko Ngubane, who was accused of murdering his fiancee Sindiswa Mshengu (28) at the Liberty Midlands Mall in July 2014. Ngubane then tried to commit suicide by jumping off a bridge. He was sentenced to 18 years’ imprisonment in December 2014.

Ngwenya also defended Pietermaritzburg traffic officer Justice Molefe (34), who was found guilty in 2012 of attempted murder for shooting his wife several times two years earlier. Molefe was sentenced to correctional supervision for three years, payment of his wife’s medical and counselling bills, and to undergo psychotherapy.

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