Murder charges for bakkie’s driver

2014-05-14 00:00

THE 24-year-old driver of the bakkie that crashed into a farm dam on Monday is set to appear in court today in Greytown facing charges of murder, attempted murder and reckless and negligent driving.

Initially it was reported that he had been carrying 30 children in a bakkie when he is alleged to have experienced brake failure, ploughing into a sludge dam, but police have since confirmed there were 29 children in the car.

Five children, Phumulani Shelembe (Grade 8), Nokwazi Phungula (Grade 6), Lindokuhle Mayekiso (Grade 1), Amanda Khanyile (Grade 1) and Sindiswa Khanyile (Grade 4), died at the scene.

The children were en route to Tauricus Primary School and Senzokuhle High School when the accident occurred.

The retrieval of their bodies took about nine hours because of the thick mud members from the Pietermaritzburg and Port Shepstone Search and Rescue Units had to wade through to find the dead.

Pietermaritzburg’s Khayelihle Funeral Services yesterday said they have offered to bury the five children free of charge.

Meanwhile, the IFP called on the KZN government to conduct an audit to identify areas in need of scholar transport.

“The death of school children in Mooi River is an indication that government has failed to provide reliable scholar transport in most rural areas,” said IFP national chairperson Blessed Gwala.


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