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Pinetown truck driver to face culpable homicide charges

Pinetown truck driver to face culpable homicide charges

The driver responsible for causing a horror accident in KwaZulu-Natal last year is likely to plead guilty of culpable homicide.

Sanele May was initially charged with 24 counts of murder after his out of control truck slammed into four taxis and two cars at the bottom of an intersection in Fields Hill, Pinetown on September 5th, causing the death of 22 people on the scene and two who later died in hospital. Two separate videos, captured by a fellow motorist and on a security camera, went viral soon afterwards.

It was discovered shortly after the crash that May had been driving on a faked Swazi driving permit as well as a fake South African traffic register certificate.

Prosecutor, Alistair Walters, has told the Durban High Court that a settlement has been reached with May’s defense team, which would see the Swaziland native plead guilty of the 24 killings

Judge Esther Steyn has postponed the case to October 10th with May’s legal team required to submit all plea related documentation to the court by September 23rd.


CAPTION: Still image from a video captured the exact moment that Swazi truck driver, Sanele May's rig, slammed into the first of four taxis at an insection in Pinetown last year. The truck had already wiped out a car parked next on the right of the taxi at this stage. IMAGE sourced from wheels24.com