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Truck owner in Field's Hill tragedy pleads guilty to four charges

The owner of the truck that skipped red traffic light and ploughed into a number of vehicles at Fields Hill in Pinetown, killing 22 people instantly, has pleaded guilty to four charges. 

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Two other people died in hospital following the 2013 crash. 

The charges include contravening the National Road Traffic Act relating to the roadworthiness of the truck, and that relating to failing to conduct safety checks to the motor vehicle - such that this adheres to public safety.  

The fourth charge is that of contravening the Immigration Act - having employed the truck driver, Sanele May, being illegally in the country. 

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Director of Public Prosecution in KwaZulu-Natal says the owner of Sagekal Logistics, Gregory Govender entered into plea agreement and will have to pay a fine or face up to 12 months imprisoned.

The NPA's Natasha Ramkission-Kara explains the sentence below.


Sanele May was sentenced to eight years and 10 months in jail. In 2014, he pleaded guilty to 31 charges - including 24 counts of culpable homicide, two charges of possessing a fraudulent driver’s licence and failing to adhere to a road traffic sign.


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