TAXI DRIVER FACES CHARGE

The minibus taxi driver who allegedly ran down and killed 16-year-old Bernadine Kruger had his case postponed in the Pretoria district court yesterday.

The minibus taxi driver who allegedly ran down and killed 16-year-old Bernadine Kruger had his case postponed in the Pretoria district court yesterday.

Percyval Matji, 31, appeared brieflybefore magistrate Dreyer van der Merwe, who postponed the matter to next Monday. Matji will remain in custody.

He allegedly hit Kruger while she was driving her scooter to school in Garsfontein on Monday. Matji was arrested a day later.

About 50 people gathered outside court yesterday to mourn Kruger's death.

Garsfontein Hoerskool Grade 11 head teacher Annette Stiff said she and two pupils, dressed in their school uniforms, had attended the ceremony to express the entire school's sadness over Kruger's death.

The gathering - organised by civil rights group AfriForum - was also part of a campaign to have Matji charged with murder, as opposed to culpable homicide.

AfriForum's chief executive Kallie Kriel said the National Road Traffic Act's minimum penalty for reckless driving was not a deterrent. The minimum penalty, according to Kriel, was that the person's driver's licence would be suspended for six months after the first offence. - Sapa

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