Nothing will change my situation: Drunk driving victim

Nothing will change my situation: Drunk driving victim

A 30-year-old woman who has been confined to a wheelchair after a drunk driver smashed into her in Durban hopes the sentence meted out to Stephan Bothma will send a strong message to others. 

Durban Magistrate's Court
Anelisa Kubheka
Bothma, a fitness trainer from Hillcrest, was given three years behind bars and fined R10,000 yesterday.    

Earlier this month, Johannesburg-based electronic engineer,  Taariqa Archary submitted a moving victim impact statement to the Durban Magistrate's Court.  

Archary said she and her husband had wanted to start a family.  

She wanted to travel the world and contribute to society through her work.  

Archary says nothing will change her situation:

Archary and her husband, Hamresin have made several trips to the coast over the last year to attend the case.  

He says it has been a long road:

Archary and her sister, Varsha Maharaj were seriously hurt when Bothma crashed into their vehicle in the Durban CBD in June 2017.

Maharaj suffered injuries to her brain.

Bothma, who had been driving home from a rugby match, did not stop at the crash.

He pleaded guilty to driving under the influence of alcohol and failing to perform the duties of a driver.

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