N12 Accident Driver Back In Court


The driver of the truck that ploughed into more than 40 cars on the N12 near Alberton east of Johannesburg last week will appear in court today for a formal bail hearing.

Last week Thursday, the Palm Ridge Magistrate’s Court postponed Isaac Wade Maruding’s (44) bail application in his first court appearance.

Maruding was arrested in Potchefstrrom after initially fleeing the scene of the accident, which injured 17 and killed four after the brakes on the truck he was driving allegedly failed.

Patrick O’Leary from FleetWatch magazine said to blame the accident on brake failure would be folly, considering that “there were no brakes to fail”.

He said the truck had been badly maintained and that this could very likely be the reason behind the accident.

Maruding is being charged with four counts of culpable homicide and one count of reckless and negligent driving.

He was previously convicted of culpable homicide and prosecuting attorney John Ntuli said more charges could be added as the case proceeds.

Maruding was left hanging in the dock last week when his company-appointed legal representatives withdrew from being his defence attorneys.