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28-year-old Pongola truck driver abandons bail 

by Thys Khiba
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By Thys Khiba – The 28-year-old truck driver, Sibusiso Siyaya who is involved in the fatal Pongola crash that claimed at least 21 lives has abandoned his bail application on Monday.

This comes after Siyaya made his second appearance in the Pongola Magistrates’ Court yesterday.

The accident occurred two weeks ago, where the truck he was driving collided with a bakkie.

He faces 21 counts of culpable homicide.

Minister of Transport, Fikile Mbalula indicated report concluded that driver error is the major contributing factor to the root cause of the road crash.

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“I wish to convey my heartfelt condolences to the families and loved ones of the deceased. The tragic circumstances under which these young lives were cut short are heart wrenching and could have been avoided,” sadi Mbalula.

In addition to his statement, Mbalula confirmed the driver recklessly overtook vehicles and drove on the incoming lane for approximately 1.2 kilometres.

“This is as a result of the driver of the articulated truck overtaking multiple vehicles, where this action was prohibited by no overtaking lines,” said Mbalula.

“The matter was set down for a bail application, however in court today, Siyaya abandoned his application for bail,” said NPA Regional Spokesperson Natasha Ramkisson-Kara.

The matter was remanded to 25 October 2022 for further investigations.

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