Roadlink ordered to pay accident victim

2012-06-18 17:33

Pietermaritzburg - A man seriously injured in a 2006 Roadlink bus crash in KwaZulu-Natal was awarded compensation by the KwaZulu-Natal High Court in Pietermaritzburg on Monday.

Judge Achmat Jappie ordered Roadlink to pay Noksigabo Shezi R100 000 before 7 July, and R100 000 in August.

Shezi, 21, initially claimed more than R2m for past medical expenses, loss of earnings, future loss of earnings and other expenses.

In the accident, Shezi suffered broken limbs, a dislocated spine and brain trauma.

He said that as a result, he could no longer assist his mother, who is a herbalist in Johannesburg.

Counsel for Shezi said the accident was caused by driver fatigue, but Roadlink said that the crash resulted from sudden deflation of a rear tyre fitted to a tag axle.

Twelve people were killed in the crash and 30 others sustained serious injuries.

The bus was travelling to Durban from Johannesburg.

  • Rabble-Rouser - 2012-06-18 17:38

    Roadlink is another name for rolling coffins.

  • Dumisani Mpanza - 2012-06-18 17:48

    Roadlink must pay,they must not come with the excuses,they know that they not operating with the required standard.

  • berni.venter - 2012-06-18 17:51

    R100k? That is utterly disgusting. How has he been surviving for the past 6 years and how is he going to carry on living on that with his whole life ahead of him? Think it is an absolute disgrace!

  • FUNAMANGA - 2012-06-18 17:54

    why our goverment is not shutting off this Ròadlink Company?

      Cassandra Eileen Olivier - 2012-06-18 17:57

      If the government put SA road link out of business they would also have to take the taxis off the road they too are coffins on wheels

      fussed.anderson - 2012-06-18 18:05

      BEE company

      Christopher - 2012-06-18 18:46

      they have their hands in this death on wheels company.

  • Alex - 2012-06-18 17:58

    And theie buses are still driven by maniacs!! Overtake anywhere, ride over speed lim it, have no respect for others or themselves.

  • mantombi.chikuni - 2012-06-18 18:00

    Nothabo Fundo Roadlink should actually be DEATHLINK - this company has no respect for the passengers and the number of times they keep instructing passengers to change from one bus to the other is unbelievable and there is no communication with passengers - from Durban to Cape Town, we were actually holding our hearts in our hands because of the jerking emanating from over speeding - arrived 3 hours late, again, no apology and on the same bus from CPT to Durbs, we were 3 hrs late again, ordered to disembark at Shepstone to jump into another bus - who owns these buses I wonder - take them off the road - bazasiqeda sonke abantu laba!!

  • luvo.luvos - 2012-06-18 18:16

    Surely if they were made to pay for each and everyone of their victims of neglect they would be out of business. Such is their pathetic safety record.

  • manny.dasilva.334 - 2012-06-18 18:26

    Serves him right for travelling with Roadlink, dont u think? They never had a good reputation.

      Alaina - 2012-06-18 18:34

      Yes, because everyone can afford to travel by air or Greyhound... please, what an insensitive comment. You don't tell people who are in car accidents that it serves them right for driving on our dangerous roads, do you? Or victims of house breakings, it serves them right for not having better security? Fact is, you pay someone for a service and you expect them to deliver, not injure you!

      nokuthula.hlatshwayo.37 - 2012-06-18 18:43

      U prick di*k

  • jwarha.balakisa - 2012-06-18 18:36

    They must pay 1000000 to everyone who survived that accident and 2m to the families of those who past away.

  • mashilo.molele - 2012-06-18 18:39

    The government and media seem to target the SA Deathlink only when it comes to publishing and punishing carnage on our roads. What about Putco buses that have killed hundreds if not thousands of innocent road users along the notorious Moloto road outside Pretoria? What about taxis that kill innocent passengers and other motorists on daily basis? When are they going to start paying up?

  • babalwa.nogwanya - 2012-06-18 18:42

    The cummuter safey standards should be mantained at all cost. Railways , as it was known , might not have had the luxury buses but suscribed to high standards, you were assured of ariving on time at ones destination.The authorities should start with our mini-buses susbcribing to the same standards even if it means they need to display services records on their screen over and above the licence. Those who sign the service records must be from an organisations that carry professional liability for poor workmanship and would jointly take liability. In this way all those in the delivery chain have to account for their professionalism. Human lives must come first in every facet of our lives. All efforts are geared towards this , but there are those who see humans as goods to be carried A to B and make buck without regards to levels of risks exposure in particular controllable risks.

      Pete - 2012-06-18 21:07

      @babalwa I could not have written a better comment if I tried, I only hope that in our so called "Arrive Alive" sleepy heads read and digest what you've written

  • Steven Trollip - 2012-06-18 20:28

    Future loss of earings!!!

  • andrew.arde - 2012-06-18 20:39

    They must be shut down immediately!!

  • rob.bayliss.94 - 2012-06-18 21:50

    Frankly this is a NATIONAL disgrace ....from two perspectives 1. It takes six years to reach a conclusion, self serving beurocratic and legal incompetence. 2. A total of 200k for such injuries, that is about 50% of the salary INCREASE that the JHB Municipal Manager has swindled out of the rate payers.

  • Sagin - 2012-06-18 22:30

    as bad as roadlink are they still only kill a fraction of the people that taxi' take out on a daily basis.

  • kaz.hse.7 - 2012-06-19 04:44

    It grinds my noodle how this company still remains in business. With the amount of fatal accidents they've had over the last few years, there's a clear disregard for not only basic safety, but human life. This is yet again a prime example of the government failing to live up to its mandate to protect the lives of its citizens. Had this been the situation in the mining industry for example, the department of labour would have launched an investigation and forced changes to be made. Clearly the Dept. of Transport has no intention to ensure the safety of passengers. It is after all just one more reason to push the fuel price up using the RAF as an excuse....

  • Abdul - 2012-06-19 07:21

    All transport operators need to be more careful. Vehicles roadworthy and drivers professional. Safety before profits.....see the carnage in pics and vids as well as road safety info on the website wwwfatalmovesdotcom

  • louis.kempen.5 - 2012-06-19 07:43

    Their insurance should pay it from the 3rd Party Liability benefit. Unless they have no Insurance.

  • bmaestro - 2012-06-19 14:12


  • Dennis Dyason - 2013-03-22 15:55

    What a disgrace that such a small amount must be paid to the victim, then again, the owners are a bunch of k@elies having contacts all over! The very same bunch of k@elies released a bus yesterday which was in such bad condition, that the passengers forced the driver to turn back! The same k@elies are renting a hotel in Wilderness, the Pearl of Wilderness, why not just call it the skelm k@oelie hotel!

  • Dennis Dyason - 2013-03-22 15:57

    Judge Achmat is also a k@elie!!!!!!!

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