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'Drunk' bus driver fired

By unknown | Nov 27, 2006 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Sakhile Mokoena

Sakhile Mokoena

The driver of the bus that drove into a donga and killed three people in Mpumalanga on World Food Day has been fired.

John Ngombe, a spokesman for Buscor, said yesterday that Paul McDonald, 47, was found guilty of several charges, including misconduct.

"He was found guilty in an internal disciplinary committee and discharged," Ngombe said.

McDonald, who is out on R2000 bail, will appear in the Graskop magistrates' court today on charges of culpable homicide and drunken driving.

The bus was transporting people from celebrations in Matibidi where premier Thabang Makwetla handed over farming equipment worth more than R2million to emerging rural farmers.

Two people died on the scene when McDonald failed to negotiate a curve and the bus left the road and plunged into an 8m-deep gorge.

The third person died later in hospital.

More than 40 other passengers were treated for serious injuries.

Survivors who spoke to Sowetan after the accident alleged that the driver was drunk and that he continued drinking while driving.

One passenger said that he took away a quart of beer from the driver but he opened another one without listening to the shouting passengers.


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