Sunday, May 28, 2006

Culpable homicide charges after horror crash

The driver of a bakkie, which smashed into the back of a taxi on the Golden Highway near Lenasia in the south of Johannesburg last night, leaving 13 people dead, will be charged with culpable homicide. Emergency services spokesperson Malcolm Midgeley says the impact of the crash was so great that it forced the bakkie through the taxi, causing it to explode in flames.

Meanwhile, the cash-strapped Road Accident Fund has received a claim of 90-million-rands from a multi-millionaire Swiss national who was involved in a road accident in South Africa. The unnamed man, a businessman described by RAF officials as exceptionally wealthy, lodged his claim after an injury in a motorcycle accident. RAF chief executive Jacob Modise confirmed to the Sunday Times that the man was injured while holidaying in the Western Cape, and that the claim was by far the largest ever lodged against the RAF. The claim is part of what has led the RAF to near collapse, with an accumulated deficit of nearly 20-billion-rands.

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