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Pinetown truck driver breaks down in court

By admin
10 September 2013

The truck driver who crashed into four taxis and a car, killing 22 people, appeared in the Pinetown Magistrate's Court on Monday.

Sanele Goodness May, 23, from Swaziland, cried when he was brought into Court F at the Pinetown Magistrate's Court.

The courtroom was packed with press photographers trying to take his picture.

May was arrested on Thursday on 22 counts of murder and one of reckless or negligent driving.

He was initially charged with culpable homicide, but National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Natasha Ramkisson confirmed that the charges had been upgraded to murder.

The case was postponed until 16 September. May remains in custody at the Pinetown police station holding cells.

Magistrate Wendolynn Robinson said this appearance would be brief, and that a formal bail application would take place on 18 September.

The accident occurred when the articulated truck May was driving hit four fully-laden minibus taxis and a Volkswagen Golf on the corners of Field's Hill (M13) and Richmond roads in Pinetown shortly before 19:00 on Thursday.

Defence attorney Theasen Pillay confirmed that he had been appointed by Sagekal Logistics, the company which owned the truck, to represent May.