Elusive truck driver appears in court

2013-06-05 00:00

A TRUCK driver has made a brief appearance at Highflats Magistrate’s Court for eight counts of culpable homicide and reckless and negligent driving.

It’s alleged that Simnikiwe Ndayini (26) fled an accident scene after a head-on collision between his truck and a taxi on Friday.

He was later arrested over the weekend, and was granted R500 bail.

He is due in the same court on June 20.

The accident happened on the R612 between Highflats and Ixopo on Friday, when a minibus travelling from Durban to Highflats with 11 occupants collided with a truck.

Six people died at the scene and two later died at Christ the King Hospital.

Transport spokesperson Kwanele Ncalane said the driver allegedly failed to comply with road signs at the St Faiths intersection, resulting in the gruesome accident.

“He is facing eight counts of culpable homicide and failure to comply with the Road Traffic Act by fleeing the accident scene.”

Transport MEC Willies Mchunu commended the police for speedily apprehending the driver.

A memorial service will be held tomorrow.

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