Supporters of May to wear white ribbons during his bail application

2014-02-25 00:00

SUPPORTERS of Swazi truck driver Sanele May are expected to wear white ribbons to support him at the Pinetown Magistrate’s Court today for his bail application.

The truck driver is facing 24 counts of murder after the truck he was driving ploughed into cars and taxis at the bottom of Field’s Hill last year.

Magistrate Wendolyn Robinson denied bail to May after she branded him as “deceitful” and a flight risk.

The state had argued that May was in South Africa illegally, had no work permit, and his public driver’s permit and traffic register number certificate were fraudulent.

Sanele May Support Group founder Peach Piche said May’s supporters will pack the courtroom wearing their white ribbons.

Since his last appearance in court, May’s supporters have been writing letters and paying visits to him in Westville prison. “I’ve been talking to him for a couple of weeks now and told him not to have high expectations about his court appearance and that nothing monumental will happen,” Piche said.

Meanwhile, Piche said they are still trying to track down May’s dad with the hope that this will secure him South African citizenship.

“We now know his ID number and the area where he had lived in the Eastern Cape. Sanele asks me about his dad all the time,” she added.

One of May’s 14 000 Face­book friends, Carol Sanders Cox, wrote: “Thinking of you today Sanele as we approach the weekend — especially this weekend with the court appearance ... I hope you have a really good weekend Sanele and that you face it with confidence and strength, knowing that we’re all here backing you and that Peach and her amazing team are doing everything they can in this situation for you. Stay well, Sanele. Stay strong. With love from Gogo in England.”

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