On Wednesday, 10 June the driver of a sugar cane truck, travelling through Jozini, lost control of his vehicle and drove into some hawker stalls, pedestrians as well as approximately nine vehicles, including two busses, a taxi, a bakkie, and a car.
Members of the SAPS have confirmed that the 48- year old man had traces of alcohol in his blood and was thus arrested and charged with drunk driving and culpable homicide. While awaiting his court date, he was being detained at the Jozini SAPS-station.
On Friday, 12 June the driver appeared in the Ubombo Magistrate’s Court, where he was ordered to remain in custody until 19 June, when he was expected to apply for bail. “Alcohol has contributed immensely to bad driver behaviour which leads to traffic violations, road crashes and the increasing road death toll”- KwaZulu- Natal Transport MEC, Bheki Ntuli.
Our condolences to the families who have lost a loved one during this heinous accident and we wish those who were injured a speedy recovery.