Accused Field’s Hill driver’s supporters hold out new hope

2014-04-03 00:00

THE Sanele May Support Group, his lawyer Lindokuhle Mdletshe and cousin Alfred Sibandze are hoping that the submission of a forensic report yesterday would convince the court that May was not solely responsible for the accident that killed 24 people on Field’s Hill last year.

The report contradicts Sagekal Logistics’ stand that the truck was roadworthy when it crashed into four taxis and a car.

Sibandze said he was hoping that the report would ensure that justice was served. “The sad reality is that people’s lives were lost, but I’m hoping that this will bring closure to all concerned, especially the families of the victims,” he said.

Muriel Mncwabe, the sister of Ntombifuthi Jili who was killed in the accident, said she had hoped to see the truck’s owner in court yesterday.

“This is sad because this boy [May] is still young, but my sister also left behind three children aged 16, 22 and 26. Where is the owner of this truck? Why is he not in court along with this child? I hope this [report] will bring finality to this matter,” said Mncwabe.

The support group’s founder, Helen “Peach” Piche, said they hoped the report would lead to those responsible for the accident being held accountable.

“Now we leave this matter in the hands of the experts and hopefully justice will take its course. We want Field’s Hill to be a safe road to all road users,” said Piche.

Mdletshe said he could not comment now that the report had been handed to the state.

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