Burry Stander: taxi driver found guilty

2015-04-18 00:00

AFTER more than two years, judgment has finally been passed in the trial involving taxi driver Njabulo Nyawose (24) who ­collided with Olympic cyclist, Burry Stander, killing him in ­January 2013.

Nyawose was yesterday found guilty of culpable homicide and failure to obey a road sign by Magistrate Charmaine Barnard at Port Shepstone Magistrate’s Court.

Nyawose was travelling along Marine Drive in Shelly Beach when he unlawfully made a turn over a solid line, knocking ­Stander off his bicycle. Stander sustained severe injuries which resulted in his death.

Stander’s mother Mandie wept as judgment was passed. Her husband Charles and other family members were also present in court.

Barnard’s conclusion, based on the evidence submitted by the state and the defence, was that Nyawose could have avoided the crash.

“All witnesses testified that the deceased was wearing red and white and was in clear view of them,” she said.

Witnesses had testified that Nyawose overtook several ­vehicles on his way from Port Shepstone to Shelly Beach prior to the accident.

Barnard added that a reasonable person would not overtake vehicles on the oncoming lane especially when traffic was heavy. “A reasonable person would take more care in these conditions and be more cautious,” she said.

“The court therefore finds that the accused drove negligently, causing a collision to take place, and that he failed to obey a road sign and overtook over a solid line,” added Barnard.

Nyawose’s bail was extended. Sentencing will take place next month.

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