Taxi dragging case postponed

2012-05-03 14:49

Johannesburg - The case against a taxi driver accused of the attempted murder of a young advocate in Johannesburg was postponed by the Randburg Magistrate's Court on Thursday.

Magistrate George Andrews told Matome Thamage to return to the court on July 30 and 31, when the State would call its witnesses.

On 13 September 2011 Thamage's taxi hit and dragged Kim McCusker for several hundred metres along Lonehill Boulevard, Fourways. She was in hospital for two months afterwards and underwent extensive skin grafts.

Thamage claimed he drove off because he was fleeing an assault by her fiancé Lourens Grobler, after his taxi almost crashed into the couple's bakkie during morning traffic.

Thamage has claimed he did not realise McCusker was under his vehicle when he drove away. Thamage's bail was extended until the next court date.

He stood quietly in the dock with his arms folded, wearing a navy blue T-shirt.

  • Smile - 2012-05-03 14:59

    HANG HIM!!! THATS ATTEMPTED MURDER! These taxies think they can get away with anything. Inocent people are being killed because of their violence! How could he not know he ran over her?

      Smile - 2012-05-03 18:00

      Also: This could have been avoided if this taxi driver was locked up after he ran over a young boy!!! He deserves death!!!

  • marc.potgieter2 - 2012-05-03 15:14

    we all know whats going to happen, ... It was "almost an accident" and the taxi driver is going to claim that her fiance was assulting him, he was frightened for his life, and tried to run away (Black man assulted by an aggressive white man). Any 1st year lawyer would be able to walk this case. It was also a bit silly of her to think she can stop a taxi by standing in front of it! Sad really, but a sign of our society.

  • Justin - 2012-05-03 15:23

    8 Months later and they still nothing...

  • Given Von Baloyi - 2012-05-03 15:49

    A good example of what not to do in a moment of anger and road rage. This couples Bakkie was "ALMOST" hit. The should have said a lil prays or cus or raise a finger and drove away and am sure there would have been no two months hospital bill, no court and certainly no pain. I thought lawyers can use their heads better than taxis drivers clearly I was wrong

      Justin - 2012-05-03 15:55

      and then just leave the taxi driver to carry on driving like an idiot like all the taxi drivers in this country??? keep taking lives with nothing being done about it?/??

      VWhitepaw - 2012-05-03 15:58

      Taxi drivers are the worse on the road. This morning again a taxi stop in the slip way to load and unload people. Brought the whole lane to a standstillno way around him. And he took his time. I felt that, if I had a big bull bar. I would have just droved, pushing it down the road the few meters to where the bus stop is.

  • VWhitepaw - 2012-05-03 15:50

    "fleeing an assault by her fiancé" Where is the marks? Or is it again a thumb suck excuse? I know there are cameras in Lonehill Boulevard. Just wondering if one of them caught the incident. And from a previous article. (Sorry, don't have the link but it was on news24) Even his passengers apparently tried to get him to stop.

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-05-03 16:08

    People if you are able to take pics of traffic violations post then on iou(its on us) on facebook,go check it out you will be shocked.Iou are making a difference to make our roads safer if we can stop etoll we can stop much more including taxis.

  • Dudley - 2012-05-03 17:00

    Watch... this guy is gonna walk! It sickens me! Bring back the death penalty and make a few examples of people like this! No respect for humanity!

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