No mercy, drivers warned after taxi verdict

2011-12-12 20:22
Cape Town - Transport Minister Sibusiso Ndebele has warned drivers they will be charged with murder if it can be proved they had "some form of intention" to cause death.

Ndebele's comments came after minibus taxi driver Jacob Humphreys was found guilty of murdering 10 children, killed when his taxi was hit by a train at a level crossing outside Cape Town last year.

The minister said the department would be aggressive in dealing with irresponsible drivers.

"In those instances where it can be proved that a motorist's conduct is such that it can be inferred that he had some form of intention to cause the death of the deceased, that motorist will be charged with murder."

Western Cape High Court Judge Robert Henney found Humphreys, 55, guilty on Monday on 10 charges of murder and four of attempted murder. Relatives of the children who had packed into the court's public gallery gasped as Henney delivered the verdict.

Some burst into tears and sobbed.

Humphreys, who had his bail withdrawn after being convicted, remained expressionless and kept his hands clasped in front of him as Henney read his judgment.

Ndebele welcomed the court's verdict.

"Our society has degenerated to a level where some drivers continue to display a blatant disregard for human life.

"In conjunction with the ministries of police and justice, as well as the national prosecuting authority, we will continue to ensure that we are more aggressive in dealing with irresponsible drivers to protect our constitutionally entrenched right to life," he said.

"No mercy will be shown to any person who disobeys road rules."

- SAPA
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