MEC welcomes taxi driver verdict

2011-12-12 16:44
Cape Town - The murder verdict against minibus taxi driver Jacob Humphreys is "a victory for justice and road safety", Western Cape Transport MEC Robin Carlisle said on Monday.

"The National Prosecuting Authority must take full credit for having the courage and determination to forge ahead with murder charges.

"Increasingly, we are seeing the NPA take a firmer line with those who kill and maim on the roads," Carlisle said.

Western Cape High Court Judge Robert Henney found Humphreys, 55, guilty on Monday on 10 charges of murder and four of attempted murder.

The children died after his minibus was hit by a train at a level crossing at Blackheath outside Cape Town last year.

Relatives of the children who had packed into the public gallery of the court gasped as Henney delivered the verdict.

Some burst into tears and sobbed.

Humphreys, who had his bail withdrawn and was jailed shortly after being convicted, remained expressionless and kept his hands clasped in front of him as Henney read his judgment.

"We need these brutal, unrepentant killer drivers to be thrown behind bars for lengthy periods, or we will never have safe roads," Carlisle said.

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