Jogger killer accused gets licence back

2013-02-18 14:47

Pretoria - The North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria ordered on Monday that a driver's licence seized from a man accused of killing five joggers be returned to him.

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

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

On Monday, the North Gauteng High Court heard that Langa's defence team was not ready to go to trial.
It had submitted a plea bargain proposal, which was turned down by the State earlier this month.

Richard Mkhabela, for Langa, told the court preparations for a trial had been hindered by the fact that his client did not have his driver’s licence and his movements were limited.

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

During Langa's previous appearance, in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court on May 11, the prosecution said he faced five counts of murder, one of attempted murder and charges related to drunk driving.

He was granted bail of R80 000 in October 2011. As part of his bail conditions, Langa, who is also a US citizen, was ordered to surrender both of his passports, and his driver's licence.

The joggers killed in the crash were Given Mills, Nomvula Dumeko, Reneilwe Lesenyeho, Moroesi Mokoatsi and Isaac Tlale.

Mills' mother expressed outrage at the court’s decision to return Langa's licence.

The matter was postponed until Thursday.

  • JudithNkwe - 2013-02-18 14:51

    This is a travesty of justice

      squeegee.pilot - 2013-02-18 15:08

      Will Judge Potteril Sulette take responsibility if this guy is in another accident?

      clive.wannenburg - 2013-02-18 15:12

      I agree he should be in Jail for murder, thus not needing to drive.

      marie.delarey - 2013-02-18 15:36

      EXACTLY why not keep him in a holding cell near the court then he doesn't have to "drive" anywhere!!??

      john.loveland.9 - 2013-02-18 15:40

      If he can afford a ML500 he can afford taxi fares, or a good pair walking shoes. Why should we have to share the road with idiots like this..

      sue.heymans - 2013-02-18 15:41

      Keep him in jail then he has no need for his drivers license.

      Michael - 2013-02-18 15:49

      If it was oscar you would say he was innocent until proven guilty...

      mapepaki - 2013-02-18 15:53

      despicable, am at a loss for words

      allan.m.levitt - 2013-02-18 16:15

      @ Michael 15.49. Would you give oscar his gun back?

      joe.porchy - 2013-02-18 17:01

      His license must be taken away for life. If he needs transport there are taxis/buses/trains/planes and lastly licensed chauffers.

  • adrian.hill.750 - 2013-02-18 14:57

    Yes, and while they at it why not give him a plasma TV as well. Lets get this straight, he drives his R600K Merc, p1$$ed before breakfast, kills 5 people and the court gives him his license so that he can still drive around.... This country is a when Oscar gets bail is the judge going to give him his criket bat a pistol to play with....

      jackie.m.dickson - 2013-02-18 15:23

      For sure!! He should hire himself a taxi. Thats an expensive car!!! What is the judge thinking in giving him back his license? FFS

      linds.ronhouse - 2013-02-18 16:18

      ML 500 is far more expensive than that. The judge considered all facts before him before making the rulling. The State can appeal against this order.

  • tim.gordon.5011516 - 2013-02-18 14:59

    Is this judge potty? Do you hand back a gun to a mass murderer?

  • peter.ndamase - 2013-02-18 15:00

    Screw our justice system... he argues that he can't get around to consult his lawyers. He is a danger to other citizens, why allow him to drive around.

      lacrimosewolf - 2013-02-18 15:06

      Agreed. I know things are bad in ZA but the 'phones still work. So does the internet and Skype.

      Flippncool - 2013-02-18 15:16

      Exactly. Taxis, trains and busses work for the rest of the population why is he exempt? This is ludicrous.

  • chez.kri - 2013-02-18 15:00

    His movements haven't been nearly as hindered as those of the 5 people he killed. Disgusting

      squeegee.pilot - 2013-02-18 16:00

      Graham, why did you have to turn this into a race issue?

  • willbeonekenobi - 2013-02-18 15:06

    in most 'civilised' countries the driver of a car that was involved IN A ACCIDENT the driver would be IN JAIL!! And would be banned from driving permanently.

      willbeonekenobi - 2013-02-18 15:21

      I meant to say 'IN A ACCIDENT WHERE ANY NUMBER OF PERSONS WHERE KILLED the driver would be IN JAIL'.

      lacrimosewolf - 2013-02-18 15:23

      It's not 'civilised' so much, just rational. The dispensation of justice in this country is bewilderingly inconsistent and very often totally irrational

      helgard.coertze - 2013-02-18 17:39

      We are unfortunately not living in a civilised country anymore

  • cindy.naude.79 - 2013-02-18 15:07

    absolutely unbelievable! i am speechless!!

  • talana.malherbe - 2013-02-18 15:10

    Idiot judge!

  • pieter.brown1 - 2013-02-18 15:11

    Ek dink as Oscar hierdie Regter kry dan is hy ook trug op sy BLYDS vir Mart se kompetisie ??

  • John - 2013-02-18 15:11

    The prosecution must appeal this ludicrous instruction from Judge Potteril Sulette, and the licence must be withheld until the appeal is heard; do not understand how he can be out on bail, given 5 counts of murder.

  • aspruyt - 2013-02-18 15:12

    What a joke our justice system has become.

  • june.francis.526 - 2013-02-18 15:16

    I smell a Rat called Corruption. This man should not be near a vehicle ever again and the state allows him his drivers license. There is such a thing as taking buses , trains and taxis. Thats how normal tax paying citizens travel everyday.

  • bridgette.elk.7 - 2013-02-18 15:16

    Absolutely outrageous ! You kill 5 people and more than a year later, not only are you still walking around scott free but now you also get your license back !!?? What can I say... Only in Africa !

  • Sulette Behnke - 2013-02-18 15:17

    Bad article, judge Potteril Sulette? It's Judge Sulet Potteril.

  • suerita.fortuin - 2013-02-18 15:20

    his licence wont do him any good where he's going.

  • israel.maseko.5 - 2013-02-18 15:29

    Absolutely wrong decision by the court, he might kill again because this might bring nightmares to him when he drives reminding him of the incident. Our law is really failing..........criminals get away with murder.

  • D_MAN - 2013-02-18 15:31

    He kills 5 ppl because be was driving drunk, his dumb lawyers said the trial is hindered because his client has no drivers licence to get to the lawyers or court and ask the judge to give his licence back. Then in complete stupidity the judge grants him to get his licence back, WTF????? This judge and lawyer should be fired on stupidity. But of course this can only happen here in Africa. It's called catch local transport you dumb idiots!!!!

  • gail.hayesbean - 2013-02-18 15:32

    Why can his lawyers not go to him? This man killed 5 people with a car while drunk!!!! He should never be allowed behind the wheel of a car ever again never mind out on bail. Oscar killed one person - what can we expect from the law in this case? A medal? A free pass? Bail? He is more entitled to it in some ways since he killed only one person. The law is biased here because the man is dark skinned and so is his attorney. It is the job of the attorney to fetch and carry witnesses and to keep his client away from witnesses until he comes to trial, not the person who murdered someone.

      tumelo.motloung.779 - 2013-02-18 16:26

      "The law is biased because he's dark skinned",I wonder how light skinned "got away with murder because of their skin colour"?this lunatic deserve to be in prison not because he's black or white but because he's a murderer, same like Oscar, he must be is prison not because he's related to you, but because he killed someone.get that into your thick racist skull

  • andresmith - 2013-02-18 15:34

    What a pathetic decision. "movements were limited"...jeez what about a taxi my bro or you to "high" for that. Sounds very fishy

  • gary.desousa.5 - 2013-02-18 15:34

    5 counts of murder and one of attempted murder and he gets bail of R80000.00 and now his license back?? Oscar must get bail then you would think.

  • Tshilidzi Wa Ha Mukhovha - 2013-02-18 15:35

    Why did the court gave his license back knowingly that the accused in question commit serious crime and on top of that he was driving under the influence of alcohol. Or did the medical test says he wasn't drunk I don't think so. He is still going to knock down more pedestrians on the Public road.

  • shawon.tiltman.5 - 2013-02-18 15:37

    wonder if he could ahhh catch a bus taxi or even then train???? don't his LEGAL TEAM (not short on money here) not have cars. ...he could even get a shuttle. let's give the poor man his license. ..joggers Watchout. ...he should be in jail no need for transportation. ...just like Oscar ...would u give him a gun again????

  • paulet.nel - 2013-02-18 15:41

    Typical delay tactics.. My dad, also a runner was killed in similar manner. Please take a moment to sign our petition for harsher punishments to those guilty of reckless and drunk driving. Go to Petition link:

  • Shane Kelly - 2013-02-18 15:42

    Geez our justice system sucks BIG TIME

  • Moi - 2013-02-18 15:42

    WHAT?????? The man is on trial for KILLING 5 people while driving drunk and they give him his license back???? Maybe once he kills another 5 will they catch a wake up call and take his license for good.

      D_MAN - 2013-02-18 16:11

      Yup! Welcome to good old AFRICA, were the law is run by IDIOTS.

  • CliveK - 2013-02-18 15:45

    This being SA, he's probably been driving without the licence anyway.

  • punungwe - 2013-02-18 15:50

    Don't worry. The courts will Jub Jub him.

  • Justin - 2013-02-18 15:51

    Sell the ML and catch a taxi like the rest of SA who don't have cars or liscense. The judge worries me, no brains

  • Xzaviera - 2013-02-18 15:53

    Is it because he's black? Because he is affluent? (ML Driver) What in the world is going on in this crazy world!!! He should be in jail, not be granted liberties!!!

  • david.broadfoot2 - 2013-02-18 15:55

    lol. Law Of the Lawless :D

  • John - 2013-02-18 15:58

    Where is this country headed? To the dogs???

  • Derek Chapman - 2013-02-18 16:00

    In the Bible, the truth will set you free, in SA the court will set you free

  • DANIELMULAUDZI - 2013-02-18 16:05

    Eish! What did this Judge smoke before making this stinking decision! This man killed people with his car which he is now going to drink & drive again! This is a joke!

  • zwartsj - 2013-02-18 16:15

    This is wrong. Has the man ever hear of a Taxi I'm sure he can get one going in the general direction he is. Now take his licence away and let him buy a bike or take is chances on the public transport

  • cecil.wright.142 - 2013-02-18 16:28

    The next thing that we will be told is that he has escaped and " left the country" This is AFRICA !!!!!! If you can afford a Mercedes 500 then R 80,000 bail for these charges is absolutely ridiculous

      lacrimosewolf - 2013-02-18 16:53

      Well we know he drove one. It's not known whether he owned it

  • hgambold - 2013-02-18 16:55

    if your unlienced, public transport is available

  • vincent.surics - 2013-02-18 16:57

    And the Human Rights Commission is silent - or are lobbying for this guy's rights ? Probably the latter

  • joe.porchy - 2013-02-18 17:00

    His license must be taken away for life. If he needs transport there are taxis/buses/trains/planes and lastly licensed chauffers.

  • grant.leibbrandt.7 - 2013-02-18 17:02

    what a shocker

  • MJS1234 - 2013-02-18 17:45

    Disgusting! The judge should be ashamed!

  • nico.loubser.180 - 2013-02-18 18:28

    This is NOT a travesty of justice. Innocent until proven guilty. If you were accused of a similar crime and you were innocent would you like it if YOUR license was taken away before you were found guilty?

      bridgette.elk.7 - 2013-02-18 20:57

      I'm sure you would feel differently if it was one of your kids that was killed ! Gee, have a heart man !

  • zanele.hlatshwayo.589 - 2013-02-18 19:45

    I don't think anyone is safe with this driver on our roads.

  • bridgette.elk.7 - 2013-02-18 21:05

    Amazing that his defence team is still not ready... This after 16 months have passed nonetheless ! Unbelievable !

  • paul.oxley.520 - 2013-02-18 21:25

    Imagine the outcry if Oscar Pistorius were released on bail and his firearm was returned to him? There is no end to the hypocrisy.

  • marion.mertins - 2013-02-22 01:55

    I am very confused - Usually the license is confiscated when drunk driving!? I am gobsmacked - this man runs over people and kills them... while DRUNK driving!? Then his license is RETURNED to him for HIM to be able to transport witnessses to court to exonerate him for killing people while DRUNK driving!? Since when are people allowed to drive DRUNK and kill people and then officially get their license handed back to them!? - to be able to DRIVE DRUNK to a lawyer? - what for?? (Needless to say, he does not need a lawyer anymore?) Who is this judge ? - he is clearly not well! What was the real driving factor for this drunk judgement? I don't get it! this judge is a disgrace and an insult to have abused the legal system in this way - justice has so far failed for the people who have died and the trust of the families miserably let down! I feel the same outrage the families must feel!!! I am now waiting for the final verdict....

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