Pinetown Truck Accident and Justice for Sanele May

Written by on September 13, 2013 in News

I am a bit delayed with this news, managed to watch this video yesterday. It was freaky to see this happen. The driver that captured this missed the accident by a few seconds.

Justice for Sanele May

Our hearts truly go out to the families that were left behind in the Pine Town truck accident tragedy. One thing I can’t get over is how this truck driver is taking all the blame for this when it looks like this was clearly beyond his control and was not intentional – from the Sanele May support group it was written Sanele is very traumatised and cries day and night sometimes uttering words such “I didn’t mean to kill anyone/Why didn’t I just die as well”. The is obviously a bigger problem in the trucking industry and root causes need to be fully investigated.

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Sanele May is the truck driver who was driving the truck that was involved in an accident on the corner of Field Hill (M13) and Richmond Road in Pinetown on Thursday 5th September 2013 shortly after 19:00, that hit four mini bus taxis and one vehicle. He has now been charged with 22 counts of murder by the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) because they feel he should be tried as a murderer. A petition is being opened to get justice for Sanele May, as clearly it looks like he is being used as  a scape goat for a bigger problem in the trucking industry.

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According to timeslive article below

Families of the 22 people who were killed in last week’s horror collision in Pinetown believe the truck driver is also a victim.

Sanele Goodness May, 23, from Swaziland has been charged with 22 counts of murder after the articulated truck he was driving wiped out a car and four fully laden taxis on the corner of Fields Hill (M13) and Richmond roads in Pinetown a week ago.

The truck apparently lost its brakes before hitting the vehicles. The collision shocked South Africa as details of flattened vehicles, bloodied victims and a graphic video emerged.

“My heart is also sore for him. The company that employed him should be punished, not the driver,” Steven Mokautle said yesterday.

Mokautle’s mother, Elizabeth, a 52-year-old domestic worker, was a passenger in one of the taxis.

“When I got to the scene, it was so bad. I thought this is not my mother. Where is my beautiful mother? I still can’t believe she is dead. My nine-year-old brother can’t understand what has happened,” Mokautle said.

Thembisa Nompula lost her 22-year-old sister Nombifuthi.

“But we can’t blame the driver. Everyone needs a job and he was in a difficult position. I don’t think he could have told his boss he doesn’t want to drive an unroadworthy truck.”

Nompula said the company, Sagekal Logistics, did not “have the decency to even meet with us”.

The two sisters usually travelled together but on Thursday, Nompulo finished work early.

“I would have been with her in that taxi. She was a bubbly, beautiful person, who had so much potential. She was studying environmental studies as well.”

Joseph Dlamini’s brothers – Sibonelo, 30, and Simon, 25 – died instantly.

“Nothing can bring them back but I want answers from the truck company. They let this happen.”

Dlamini said the growing support and sympathy for May on social networks were justified.

“I feel sorry for him. He didn’t do this deliberately. We will hear his side in court but when will we hear the company’s side?”

Sagekal Logistics has scheduled a press briefing for Monday to address the allegations against May and the company and to release the preliminary report from its internal investigation.

List of victims of Pinetown truck accident

To God we belong and to God is our return. We pray God make it easy for all those left behind.

Names of the victims:

Nompumelelo Mnguni
Elizabeth Phumelele Mokuatle
Bonginkosi Zungu
Simon Dlamini
Zinhle Cele
Sindi Mthiyane
Sibonelo Dlamini
Clerment Chonco
Mfano Stanely Mhlongo
Lethukuthula Vilakazi
Thulisile Nyandeni
Ntombifuthi Nompula
Arnaldo Balate
K.B. Mabhida
Mduduzi Nyaba
Nompumelelo Phindile Ndlovu
Paulos Maritlane
S. Hlophe
N.J.  Dlamini
Sandile Desmus Shozi
Bonginkosi Khalakahla
N. Nhlabathi

source: looklocal

Pinetown truck accident – eye witness account and video

Aerial view of pinetown truck accident

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