‘Slaughter’ claim: Motorist freed on bail after another cyclist dies in fatal collision

2013-01-08 00:00

PORT ELIZABETH — A motorist accused of causing the death of an East London cyclist was released on bail yesterday.

Vuyani Havi (43) was riding with two friends when he was knocked down.

The death came just days after the death of Olympian Burry Stander.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Mtati Tana said Luvuyo Magina (41), who allegedly does not have a driver’s licence, was behind the wheel of the Opel Kadet that hit Havi.

Cycling circles are upset about what they call the “slaughter” of cyclists on the roads. Tribute rides for Stander were held all over the country at the weekend.

Professional racer John-Lee Augustyn, a former SA champion, Olympian and Tour de France contestant, said yesterday the roads were professional cyclists’ “office”.

“It is our job to train. We all respect the rules of the road … sometimes I start training at 4.30 am, just to avoid traffic.”

He said motorists became angry with new riders and fun riders many of whom did not know how to ride safely.

“Now, after the death of one of my best friends, the cycling community is demanding new regulations. But it should have been done before we lost Burry.

“Even if you are riding alone, it is dangerous,” Augustyn said.

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