COLD C OMFORT
JUSTICE in the f orm of an eighty ear and 10month jail sent ence f or Sanele M ay will be c old c omfort f or the f amilies of the 2 4 people he killed in an accident on Field’ s Hill last y ear — a lit tle o ver f our months f or every lif e t aken.
While M ay admit ted kno wing his dri ving permit s were not le gitimate, and that he had misrepresent ed t o his emplo yer that the y w ere v alid, he is not the onl y guilty par ty in this sorry debacle.
His emplo yer, Sag ekal L ogistics, f ailed t o v erify the le gitimacy of his permit s and put him behind the w heel despite him f ailing a dri ving t est t wo w eeks bef ore the accident. Sag ekal also remains unscathed despit e handing M ay an unroad worthy 18w heeler that had an e xpired lic ence disk.
Politicians and traff ic authorities w ho f ailed t o heed the man y w arnings about the threat posed b y tr ucks on Field’s Hill should ha ve been charg ed along side M ay. Transport MEC W illies M chunu said he sa w no reason why Sag ekal w as not also charg ed, and called f or punitive measures ag ain v ehicle o wners w ho violat e traff ic laws — too lit tle t oo lat e. T o undersc ore the dang er, a woman w as killed y esterday, the same da y M ay w as sentenced, w hen another tr uck v eered out of c ontrol tra velling do wn Field’ s Hill.
How man y more must die bef ore a solution is f ound?