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Family of Magesh crash victim accept the court's verdict

By unknown | Mar 04, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Kamogelo Seekoei

Kamogelo Seekoei

"The case is over. It has been decided," said the family of the late Maria Monyatsi, when asked how they felt about Tokollo Tshabalala's freedom.

Monyatsi was killed when her Ford Sierra and a BMW driven by TKZee member Tokollo "Magesh" Tshabalala collided in Botswana in 2001.

Monyatsi was was a tavern owner and her family's sole provider.

For more than six years her four children and other family members waited for the trial to start, but Tshabalala evaded this by opting to stay in South Africa.

Moses Mooketsi, a relative, said the family did not have any negative feelings towards the ruling of the village court in Gaborone, where the case was heard.

He said the family was yet to sit down and discuss the way forward.

"But I don't think there will be any talk of an appeal because we did say before the ruling that we were not going to appeal."

Mooketsi said there were too many aspects to the case.

"Now they are saying the taxi driver caused the accident. We can't go to the man after so many years and say you killed our sister, what if he says 'yes let me help you bury her'."

The family said they were worried that the case would not come up in court.

"We were worried that the case was going to disappear into thin air," said Baleseng Monyatsi, Maria's father.

He said it was a relief that the case had finally gone to court.

Mooketsi said after Maria's death her father had cared for her four children.

He said Maria's father still had to formally inform the family about the court's decision to discharge Tshabalala.

Tshabalala was acquitted on two counts of causing death by dangerous driving, the equivalent of culpable homicide in South Africa.


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