Truck driver

Truck driver involved in crash that killed relatives of Minority Front leader released on bail

Pradhil Thakur-Rajbansi and his fiancée, Priyanka Nundkumar.

  • The driver of the truck, which hit several cars in Durban, has been released on bail.
  • The incident left four people dead.
  • The court adjourned the case to January next year for more evidence to be gathered.

The driver of the truck, which crashed into several vehicles which claimed the lives of four people, including relatives of Minority Front leader Shameem Thakur-Rajbansi, was released on bail of 10,000 rand.

Vuso Tega, who is legally in South Africa and lives in the Bluff area, appeared before magistrate Wendolyn Robinson on Friday morning.

Tega faces charges including culpable homicide and negligent driving.

The court established that Tega was the sole breadwinner in his family and cared for his mother, wife and two children.

The state did not object to bail.

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It was established that Tega had lived in South Africa for 14 years and his papers were confirmed by the Department of Home Affairs.

Although he has no pending cases, he was cited for a traffic violation in 2011.

The court still requires outstanding witness statements, dash cam footage and accident reports must still be filed.

A soft-spoken Tega said he could only pay a deposit of R3,000 and his employer would settle the bill for the outstanding amount.

A Durban couple, Pradhil Thakur-Rajbansi and his fiancée, Priyanka Nundkumar, who have close political ties to the Minority Front party, were among four people who died in the pileup, which involved 15 vehicles and two trucks in Mariannhill on Tuesday . .

Tega’s truck is believed to have rammed into several vehicles after a brake failure while traveling in the fast lane before the Mariannhill toll plaza.

Minority Front Treasurer General Viresh Bhana, who has close family ties to Shameem Thakur-Rajbansi, said they were still coming to terms with the loss.

The couple’s funeral took place on Friday.