• All Share : 54440.4294
    DOWN -0.19%
    Top40 - (Tradeable) : 48195.4806
    DOWN -0.21%
    Financial 15 : 17791.5587
    UP 0.74%
    Industrial 25 : 68352.8532
    DOWN -0.20%
    Resource 10 : 44235.4175
    DOWN -1.28%

  • ZAR/USD : 12.0558
    UNCHANGED0.00%
    ZAR/GBP : 18.2235
    UP 0.03%
    ZAR/EUR : 13.4756
    DOWN -0.17%
    ZAR/JPY : 0.0998
    UNCHANGED0.00%
    ZAR/AUD : 9.4251
    DOWN -0.09%

  • Gold US$/oz : 1178.89
    UNCHANGED0.00%
    Platinum US$/oz : 1130.5
    UNCHANGED0.00%
    Silver US$/oz : 16.18
    UNCHANGED0.00%
    Palladium US$/oz : 773.1
    UNCHANGED0.00%
    Brent Crude : 66.46
    UNCHANGED0.00%

  • All data is delayed by 15 min. Data supplied by Profile Data
    Hover cursor over this ticker to pause.

Mon May 04 02:50:38 CAT 2015

Sentencing of drivers must be consistent: iLive

Terence Grant, Cape Town | 11 December, 2012 00:01
Minibus taxis offload passengers at an intersection in Cape Town August 15, 2007. Armed with pistols and fiery tempers, South Africa's minibus taxi drivers are the undisputed kings of road rage, cutting people off and flying through redlights as nervous motorists clear the way.
Image by: Mike Hutchings

OUR courts recently convicted a reckless taxi driver of murder, arguing that Jacob Humphreys should have known that he, when jumping a level crossing, was placing the lives of his passengers at risk.

Consequently, I was shocked to hear that authorities are thinking of charging a 21-year-old driver with culpable homicide for the death of a 19-year-old passenger. Shocked because this 21-year-old male driver hit a tree in a 60km/h zone at 2.45am - apparently after a night out at the Waterfront in Cape Town - and did the sort of damage to his vehicle usually done at a much higher speed, giving rise to the argument that he should have known he was placing the lives of his passengers at risk and therefore is - according to precedents - a murderer.

We can't afford to arm the likes of Humphreys and "Jub Jub"Maarohanye with the argument that the law is being unfairly applied (that whether one is charged with murder or culpable homicide hinges on what the prosecutor feels like doing; that there seems to be one rule for the rich and another for the poor; one set of rules for whites and another for blacks and coloureds) and therefore should fast-track the appeals of Humphreys and Jub Jub. Our courts need clarity. Failure to provide it, and timeously, makes a mockery of our legal system.

SHARE YOUR OPINION

If you have an opinion you would like to share on this article, please send us an e-mail to the Times LIVE iLIVE team. In the mean time, click here to view the Times LIVE iLIVE section.