A taxi driver from Port Elizabeth who was involved in an accident last year in which two women were killed and one injured, was released with a fine. The taxi driver handed himself over to the police after he drove through a red traffic light and hit the vehicle of the deceased.
Anelisa Ngcakani, spokesperson for the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) in the Eastern Cape, says the 29-year-old taxi driver, Yibanathi Ndike, was sentenced in the Port Elizabeth Regional Court on Wednesday to six years in prison or a fine of R12 000 on two charges of culpable homicide. Half of the sentence was suspended for up to five years.
Ndike paid the fine and was released.
Micayla Victor (19) died instantly and Celine de Ridder (21) died on the way to the hospital after paramedics tried in vain to save her life. A third occupant of this car, Juanita de Villiers, was treated in hospital for her injuries.
According to media reports, Ndike fled the scene after the accident. He turned himself in at the police station seven hours later.