Kil­ler crash kombi driver sent to jail

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Sukul­wenkosi Dube-Matutu Plumtree Cor­re­spon­dent

A 25-YEAR-OLD Bu­l­awayo kombi driver has been jailed for 24 months for caus­ing the death of four pas­sen­gers along the Bu­l­awayo-Plumtree high­way.

Per­se­ver­ance Tsha­bal­ala of Mpopoma sub­urb was con­victed on his own plea of guilty to cul­pa­ble homi­cide by Plumtree mag­is­trate, Mr Tau­rai Man­were.

Mbon­isi Sibanda, Sa­muke­lisiwe Ng­wenya, Edith Moyo and Than­dazani Mh­langa died fol­low­ing the ac­ci­dent on the 60km peg along the Bu­l­awayo-Plumtree high­way when Tsha­bal­ala lost con­trol of the kombi which had 18 pas­sen­gers and it over­turned sev­eral times.

In pass­ing sen­tence, Mr Man­were said Tsha­bal­ala de­served a de­ter­rent sen­tence as he had shown neg­li­gence which had cost the lives of four peo­ple.

He sen­tenced him to 24 months in jail and sus­pended six months on con­di­tion that he does not com­mit a sim­i­lar of­fence in the next five years.

“As an op­er­a­tor of a pub­lic ser­vice ve­hi­cle you were sup­posed to ex­er­cise cau­tion and en­sure that your car was in per­fect con­di­tion so as to avoid putting peo­ple’s lives in danger.

“You com­mit­ted a se­ri­ous of­fence which calls for a cus­to­dial sen­tence,” he said.

Pros­e­cut­ing, Mr Elisha Ma­zorodze said Tsha­bal­ala was driv­ing a ve­hi­cle with a worn out tyre when the ac­ci­dent oc­curred on April 30 at around 7AM along Bu­l­away­oPlumtree Road.

He said two peo­ple died on the spot while the other two died in hospi­tal.

He said post mortem re­ports had shown that all four peo­ple died as a re­sult of in­juries sus­tained in the ac­ci­dent.

“On 30 April Tsha­bal­ala was driv­ing a Toy­ota Hi­ace pub­lic ser­vice ve­hi­cle along Bu­l­awayo-Plumtree Road with 18 pas­sen­gers on board headed for Bu­l­awayo. Upon reach­ing the 60 kilo­me­tre peg a worn out rear right tyre sep­a­rated re­sult­ing in a tyre fail­ure.

“Tsha­bal­ala lost con­trol of the ve­hi­cle and it veered off the road. The ve­hi­cle over­turned sev­eral times be­fore land­ing on its side. Two pas­sen­gers died on the spot while an­other died upon ad­mis­sion at the Plumtree District Hospi­tal and the fourth per­son died while he was ad­mit­ted to the United Bu­l­awayo Hos­pi­tals,” said Mr Ma­zorodze.

He said Tsha­bal­ala had shown neg­li­gence as he had failed to keep the mo­tor ve­hi­cle un­der proper con­trol.

The prose­cu­tor said Tsha­bal­ala was driv­ing at an ex­ces­sive speed and had failed to act rea­son­ably when an ac­ci­dent seemed im­mi­nent. @DubeMatutu.

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