The driver of the truck that crashed into four taxis and a car in Pinetown on Thursday has been charged with 22 counts of murder and one of reckless or negligent driving.
Sanele Goodness May, 23, from Swaziland, cried when he was brought into Court F at the Pinetown Magistrate’s Court. The courtroom was packed with press photographers trying to take pictures.
May was arrested on Thursday and was initially charged with culpable homicide, but National Prosecuting Authority spokeswoman Natasha Ramkisson confirmed that the charges had been upgraded to murder.
The accident occurred when the truck May was driving crashed into four minibus taxis and a car in Pinetown on Thursday, killing 22 people and injuring 60 others.
The case was postponed until September 16 and May remains in custody at the Pinetown police station holding cells. Magistrate Wendolynn Robinson said this appearance would be brief, and that a formal bail application would take place on September 18.