Taxi driver ‘threatened’ after Stander accident

2015-02-13 00:00

THE Port Shepstone Magistrate’s Court heard yesterday that ­Njabulo Nyawose (25) — allegedly responsible for cyclist Burry Stander’s death — was sworn at, threatened and called the K-word after his taxi and Stander collided.

“After the accident, an elderly man approached the deceased and got emotional. He then went up to the accused and grabbed him by his shirt. I told him I understood that he was emotional but he should wait for the police to arrive,” said Reggie Govender, a defence ­witness.

Stander, a world renowned ­cyclist, died after the collision that occurred in Shelly Beach, along Marine Drive, on January 3, 2013.

Nyawose faces a charge of ­culpable homicide or alternatively, reckless and negligent driving.

Nyawose’s attorney, Xolile Ntshulana, asked Govender if he recalled Josh ­Fourie being one of the first people on scene; ­Govender said that he did not.

Fourie gave police his statement and testified in the trial last year.

“I know Mr Fourie … I can tell you that he was not at the scene.”

Govender said the state prosecutor, Christelle ­Russouw, called him a few months after the incident and said he was­ going to be called as a state witness in the case.

“She asked me to check my ­statement … We met at an office in Port Shepstone … that’s where I saw Mr Fourie.”

Govender said he was then notified telephonically that he would not be appearing as a state witness.

Ntshulana then submitted to the court that the state was hiding evidence.

Govender said he was driving north towards Shelly Beach and that the minibus, driven by ­Nyawose, was behind him.

“When I looked in my rearview mirror I saw a cyclist … Then the collision occurred,” he said.

Govender said that people ­appeared out of Stott Street about 20 minutes after the accident and began to threaten the accused.

“One man said he was coming back.

“The man said he was going home to get his gun and when he returned, he was going to shoot the taxi driver. Another man appeared and called him [Nyawose] a k*****.”

During cross examination, ­Russouw said she has not hidden any evidence during the trial and, according to law, did not have to call every witness to the stand.

She questioned Govender as to what type of car was in front of him before the accident occurred and how far the solid line extended on Marine Drive.

The witness said he could not remember the car that was in front of him or how far the solid line ­extended.

The case continues today.

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