The driver of a minibus taxi involved in a horror crash on Qumza Highway which left three children dead, has been released on bail.
Mdantsane bail court magistrate Nolundi Mkwali yesterday granted Avuyile Qengwa bail of R1000 after prosecutor Nondumiso James told the court the state was no longer opposed to bail.
The 22-year-old Qengwa was represented by East London attorney Asanda Pakade when he appeared in the Mdantsane Magistrate’s Court yesterday.
Pakade told the court: “We certainly welcome the state’s submission [that it is no longer opposed to bail] and the quantum of bail is suitable your worship.”
Mkwali warned Qengwa to adhere to strict bail conditions which include reporting to the Mdantsane NU1 police station every Monday and Friday at 8am.
He was also warned not to interfere with state witnesses or the police investigation against him.
There were three family members in court who had come to support him.
The case was postponed to October 2 for further investigation.
There were four girls on the pavement on the afternoon of August 12 selling chocolates when the taxi, allegedly being driven by Qengwa, rammed into them.
Witnesses on the scene alleged that Qengwa was entering Mdantsane from town when he tried to overtake a vehicle and lost control of the taxi.
The vehicle left the road and hit seven-year-old Unabo Lindani, her sister Thandolwethu Lindani, 11, and their nine-year-old friend Lilitha Mnyana.
Unabo and Lilitha died at the scene and Thandolwethu succumbed to her injuries at the Cecilia Makiwane Hospital later that evening. The fourth child was uninjured.
Qengwa was also not injured. He handed himself over to Mdantsane NU1 police three days after the crash, but was released without being charged. — firstname.lastname@example.org