Years on, still no trial for culpable homicide

2014-09-18 00:00

THE culpable homicide trial of a local taxi driver in connection with the death of Lynette du Bois in Pietermaritzburg more than seven years ago, has been delayed again.

This time the reason was that the prosecutor, Ntombimpela Bhengu, was off sick.

Bhengu’s colleague Zinhle Mthembu asked the court to adjourn the matter and said she did not know when Bhengu would be back.

Grant du Bois, the victim’s husband, told The Witness earlier this year that he despairs of ever getting justice for his wife and expressed disillisionment with the justice system. The couple were travelling together when their car was hit by a minibus taxi which allegedly jumped a red light in the Pietermaritzburg CBD on March 16, 2007.

Lynette du Bois suffered a broken neck.

The taxi driver, Sibongiseni Khuzwayo, is facing a culpable homide charge in connection with the crash.

Khuzwayo’s lawyer Siya Kunene opposed yesterday’s adjournment of the case, saying it was prejudicial to the accused. He alleged the case has dragged on for more than seven years for various reasons including the fact that the charge sheet went missing.

Magistrate Helgaard Fobian warned the state that he would grant a final adjournment in the matter. He questioned why the prosecution could not go on with another prosecutor.

The case was postponed to November 26 and 28.


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