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Fury as accused driver gets licence back

2013-02-18 19:06

Pretoria - The mother of one of the five joggers killed in a Midrand accident was fuming on Monday about a high court decision to give the driver his licence back.

Mashudu Mills, 56, spoke to reporters at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria, shortly after the appearance of Sibusiso Langa, who faces five counts of murder, one of attempted murder and charges related to drunk driving.

"The decision opens my wound all over again. It’s like my child has died right now," said Mills, the mother of Given Mills, 30, who died in the crash with Moroese Mokoatsi, 34, Reneilwe Lesenyeho, 31, Isaac Tlale, 37, and Nomvula Dumako, 35.

A sixth jogger, Khanyiswa Stengile, survived and was operated on.

Langa, a mechanical engineer, was allegedly drunk when his Mercedes-Benz ML500 ploughed into the group of joggers on 23 October 2011.

He was released on R80 000 bail after spending a few days in custody.

The runners were preparing for the Soweto Marathon when they were hit.

Last year, the Pretoria Magistrate's Court referred Langa's trial to the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria.

On Monday, the high court ordered that Langa’s driver's licence, which was seized from him after the accident, be returned, in an amendment of his bail conditions, which were set by the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court in October 2011.

One of the conditions of Langa's bail was that he not be allowed to drive.

Judge Sulette Potteril instructed the State to ensure that Langa got his licence back, as this would allow him to move and consult his lawyers and also to ferry his witnesses in Gauteng.

The judge's decision followed a request by Langa's lawyer Richard Mkhabela.

He told the court preparations for a trial had been hindered because his client did not have his driver's licence and his movements were limited.

As a result, the defence was not ready to go to trial.

Langa’s lawyers have submitted a plea bargain proposal, which was turned down by the State earlier this month.

The judge gave Langa’s team until Thursday to prepare for the trial. She said another request, for a lengthy period of time to prepare, was "unacceptable and this matter must proceed".

Langa told reporters he regretted the accident.

"I have always wanted to reach out to the families, but my bail conditions prohibited me from doing that. Some of the families are the witnesses," he said.

Comments
  • wehan.victor - 2013-02-18 19:15

    WTF!!

      Jack - 2013-02-18 19:38

      What are the chances of Judge Sulette Potteril, judging and releasing Oscar. His right to compete in international sport should surely not be denied?!

      Flippncool - 2013-02-18 20:27

      So let me get this straight. He killed 5 people while driving drunk. So now because apparently taxis, buses and trains aren't good enough for mr.fancy pants the judge gives the drunk his license back to make his life easier in preparing for the court case. THEN.... "Some of the families are witnesses". SERIOUSLY. So the accused is allowed to have personal contact with the victims families?! WTF?! I smell corruption.

      Matthew - 2013-02-19 09:39

      What a heartless decision to make. Downright corrupt nonsense. If people in those positions cant make the right logical decisions then please,either remove yourself from these positions or BE removed. Thinking like this (the decision to give the license back) is what makes this countries Law system a laughing Joke

  • squeegee.pilot - 2013-02-18 19:16

    Absolutely nonsensical. This sort of decision does not improve the public's view of the judicial system...

      johnnie.vercuil - 2013-02-18 23:00

      This judge definitely needs investigating.

  • piet.snot.77964 - 2013-02-18 19:18

    What a lame reason to return his licence - what about taking a taxi to get around - or is this 'below' this US citizen.

      Retha Stoger - 2013-02-18 19:28

      I don't think Sibusisu is a US citizen...

      tony.bakkie - 2013-02-18 19:46

      @Retha Stoger He has dual citizenship

      dean.elliman - 2013-02-19 00:55

      He can have dual citizenship, assuming he was born in SA he is allowed to have US and SA citizenship. Only american born citizens can NOT have dual citizenship.

  • Shadrack Makananise - 2013-02-18 19:20

    why should he get his license back while he is not allowed to drive,,i smell Rat ,people who has money always find way out o f SA justice system.

  • Retha Stoger - 2013-02-18 19:27

    As if he needs a license to drive, just bribe money to pay off the Metro cop that pulls him off...

  • makarapakaplan - 2013-02-18 19:28

    Total BS, appeal this awful decision by an acting judge, he knows not what he does!

  • aspruyt - 2013-02-18 19:32

    Shame on you judge.

  • belnick - 2013-02-18 19:36

    These type of judgement in the eyes of a nation and the world shows how great our criminal justice is! What a disgrace! How can crime,murder,rape ect.be controed??? NEVER this way!!!

  • nhlanhla.msiza.9 - 2013-02-18 19:44

    I dnt care how mch money he got let him join jub jub nxn

  • Nunu - 2013-02-18 19:56

    Soft on crime as usual ... no wonder the country is in the state its in, no serious consequences, even for murder.

  • patricia.dewet.92 - 2013-02-18 20:02

    Do not tell me he was not driving without a license, but when they want an excuse the license is the problem.

      patricia.dewet.92 - 2013-02-18 20:43

      His license was taken away but he was driving without it. I think no bail would have been a good thing, because he could be drunk again driving.

  • joann.ingram.986 - 2013-02-18 20:07

    He is out on bail? He is allowed to drive around? Where is the justice for the 5 people killed!

  • Unathi Ntuli - 2013-02-18 20:14

    That murderous drunk must be locked with rest of the criminals

  • tiaanvz - 2013-02-18 20:21

    I don't understand the uproar, when he's found guilty he will have no use for his licence anyway. He will probably drive around anyway and get away with it. It's preferable to them using the same lame excuse to stretch out a court case over years.

  • michael.moolman.10 - 2013-02-18 20:26

    I'm looking hard...really hard; Ah yes! I see it now, the weapons of choice in this instance were - Alcohol and motor vehicle, add in a little bit of disrespect for the countries laws and voila! five dead humans and one live one that 'regrets' the accident. Justice the South African style.

  • ian.robertreid - 2013-02-18 20:40

    Tell me something is this twat who gave this moron's licence back of sane mind?? the drunk driver killer should b behind bars??

  • Thanduxolo Galada - 2013-02-18 20:41

    And the road deaths continue..

  • Zahir - 2013-02-18 20:49

    Strap him to a truck and drive the truck into a wall he will get an idea of what he did

  • annelise.vanderschyff - 2013-02-18 20:50

    Gross injustice he should be in jail!!!!

  • march54 - 2013-02-18 20:58

    Fury- why nearly 16 months after the fact is he still not had his day in Court? Hope this day comes very soon, he was drunk behind the wheel of a killing machine. As a result of this 5 young women died. They have no chance at bail,driving a car. He wants his licence to ferry his witnesses- beware anyone who gets in his car. Tell him and his wetnesses to use the bus!

  • raymond.kok3 - 2013-02-18 21:05

    yep whats good for the goose should be good for the gender or not Oscar is white so a whole set of rules will come into play

  • bcluley - 2013-02-18 21:07

    Too hell.with anc

  • tuscartau.tau - 2013-02-18 21:13

    By simply returning the drivers license and releasing the murderer with bail our justice system has failed the deceased families and South Africans at large.Shame on you

  • rob.martin.94402343 - 2013-02-18 21:14

    No justice in this case, the law protects the criminals

  • D_MAN - 2013-02-18 21:16

    And once again our pathetic justice system lets us law abiding citizens down again and make SA the laughing stock to the world. But this is africa and criminals get more rights and we have dumb stupid idiotic brainless judges.

  • Antoinette Rushmer - 2013-02-18 21:56

    So where is the ANCWL now?? He got his licence back but is not allowed to drive? How does that work, INCOMPETENT justice system. He killed 5 people and was drunk and he gets a slap over the hands like a naughty child.

  • charmaine.mcdonald2 - 2013-02-18 22:00

    Now there's the justice system in South Africa! Why should he get his licence Back? No charges for drunken driving mentioned! He could have taken a taxi if he really wanted to reach out to the families.

  • bill.mckimm.9 - 2013-02-18 22:38

    Did he go out and have a few drinks to celebrate? When will the law stop being an ass? He is death in wheels; and he and wheels should be very much separated for ever!!!!

  • @Thabo.Shaku - 2013-02-19 00:20

    This is a poor judgement by Judge Potteril. This Langa chap should use a taxi like all of us or hire a chaufeur!

  • Tello Moleko - 2013-02-19 05:38

    if u killed or raped and you get bail,the next court date judge or magistrate must be issued with death certificate,klaar

  • arthur.salvado - 2013-02-19 07:31

    This is a disgrace.

  • jan.dipoto - 2013-02-19 08:09

    WTF is this? This moron is given another change to kill more people. Bloody banana republic!!!!!!!!!!!

  • agsies.man - 2013-02-19 08:14

    OK, so he's out on R80k bail for killing 5 people. Why was OP not given bail? Just asking?

  • Blackpoison - 2013-02-19 08:28

    So now a precedent has been set that makes all revoking of licenses in cases relating to drunk driving null and void. Pathetic....

  • paulet.nel - 2013-02-21 19:36

    My dad, also a runner was killed in a similar manner.. Please take a moment to sign our petition for harsher punishments to those guilty of reckless and drunk driving. This is ridiculous.. case is postponed by 9 months?!! These cases are typically postponed multiple times - adding to anguish of the families of the victims. Please go to Petition Link: http://tinyurl.com/stopkillerdrivers and sign our petition.

  • mari.tollemache.1 - 2013-02-22 05:31

    is a joke one condition for bail "you not allowed to drive" but give his licence back he cannot get around wow this does not make sense use a taxi and then at least innocent people wont hav to die due to incompetent intoxicated drivers this really is a joke commit a crime and u get a free pass and can still do what u want my heart goes out to the families who have lost a loved one its scarry to think how easy it is these days to walk free after a crime This

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