Hundreds support Sanele on Facebook

2013-09-18 00:00

EVERY day hundreds of people are adding their names to the Sanele May Support Group, a Facebook page dediciated to helping the young truck driver who ploughed into four taxis and a car, killing 23 people.

The group was formed after a post by a “concerned citizen”, who did not want to be named. The Durban businesswoman and a mother of two has been visiting May since last week.

She said she was moved to action after she watched scenes on the news of a sobbing May when he first appeared at the Pinetown Magistrate’s Court in September 9.

She woke up the next morning with an overwhelming desire to lend a helping hand.

Those close to her told her she was crazy to get involved, but the feeling was so deep she could not ignore it.

By yesterday, the Facebook page had over 8 000 followers and she admits she did not expect it to blow up the way it did.

The support group has moved from collecting food and clothes for May to now having a bank account where people can donate funds. This will assist May’s family for transport, airtime and other needs that may arise, the woman said.

“They are also to assist the crash victims’ families.”

The woman said she was not there to defend or absolve anyone of responsibility.

“I want to extend support to someone who is in a nightmare situation.”

Speaking to The Witness after she had spent over an hour with May in the holding cells, she said the driver had gathered strength from all the support, even though he always asks about the families of the victims and is still remorseful.

The woman said: “May doesn’t have much of an appetite and little things make him smile, like messages from the support group and Bible verses that many people send him.

“You can sense the raw emotion and desperation.

“I actually wish that everyone could meet Sanele — he’s an amazing person. He wants to make good.”

But not everyone who has joined May’s Facebook page is sympathetic towards him.

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