Teens plead not guilty to stoning passenger

2012-08-15 09:47

Durban - Three teenagers accused of murder after throwing stones from an overhead bridge have pleaded not guilty in the Durban Regional Court, the Mercury reported on Wednesday.

Getrude Mankaba was driving with her colleague Siphesihle Zola Zuma on the N3 freeway towards the Candella Road Bridge, near the Spaghetti junction, when she noticed stones in the middle of the road.

"I slowed down to drive around them and I heard a bang in the car," Mankaba testified.

She drove a little way further before stopping her Mercedes-Benz to check whether it had a puncture.

She found nothing wrong with the car's tyres, but saw a hole in her windscreen and discovered that Zuma had been injured by a concrete slab which had smashed into the car. Zuma was taken to hospital by an ambulance, but died.

The colleagues had been driving back from a work function on the evening of November 2 2010.
The teenagers, who are now 17, 16, 18, have pleaded not guilty.

  • ally.oh.7 - 2012-08-15 10:17

    First throw THEM from the bridge, then haul them off to court.

      zambezi.river - 2012-08-15 11:52

      Remove all pedestrian bridges..............!

      kabelo.leballo - 2012-08-15 12:00

      The judge should delay judgement until the 16 year old one is 18 n then give them 25 years each! stupid kids!!!

  • mark.higgens.9 - 2012-08-15 10:19

    Very poor reporting, how could she only find out that her colleague was injured after driving "a little while further" and stopping the car to check for a puncture???

      jeeves.eddings - 2012-08-15 10:31

      Its called shock. We have had a slab thrown on our roof from a bridge too and the combination of damage, noise the shock of the incident is very disconcerting.

  • JevonMarshallJohnson - 2012-08-15 10:20

    put them away for life.

  • jaco.nel.5030 - 2012-08-15 10:25

    I love it when the plead not guilty. In so much more trouble when they’re eventually found guilty. The youth in trouble here in SA. They think that, like their leaders, they will also not be held accountable for their actions. They have no moral role-models to look up to.

      charmaine.hoffmann.1 - 2012-08-15 12:47

      Yes they do...forgot about Malema? they do just what he says!

  • Fixzoza - 2012-08-15 10:40

    The court should have put those kids to do Community service, they will never learn from their mistakes, we have a poor law and this is a poor reporting..

  • diane.laas - 2012-08-15 10:43

    she didn't notice the hole in her windscreen? Was she reversing?

      klipkop.degroote - 2012-08-15 11:11

      whatever smarty pants, death is funny to you?

  • diane.laas - 2012-08-15 10:43

    She didn't notice the hole in her windscreen? Was she reversing?

      customdesign - 2012-08-15 10:50

      Its called shock diane

  • khutso.b - 2012-08-15 11:21

    whats happenin to SA... ay

  • carolyn.dewrance - 2012-08-15 11:22

    Hang them from the bridge by their necks. Killers dont deserve to live.

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-08-15 12:16

    Not guilty?. Yeah right.

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