The family of late Samuel Manyova, who was killed in a horrific car crash would certainly welcome the news of the National Prosecuting Authority's successful prosecution of a high-profile South African figure who was responsible for his death just under 2 years ago.
Manyova sadly lost his life in an accident after the VW Polo car he was travelling in was hit by an on-coming BMW, which quite curiously was driven by ANC bigwig Butana Komphela - the culprit was the older brother of Mamelodi Sundowns senior coach, Steve Komphela.
The accident happened in Free State. And after years of accusations, counter-accusations and delays, the jury was delivered on Monday at the Brandfort Magistrate’s Court.
PHOTO: Daily Maverick
And Komphela, who had experienced legal representatives, was sentenced for 3 years in Prison for culpable homicide - this can be described as an an act which has resulted in a person's death but is held not to amount to murder.
What is fortunate for Komphela though is that he will not have to serve the sentence, as it has been suspended for 5 years owing to which he ought not to commit a similar offence.
Part of the arguments the legal team of the 65-years old made, was that despite his conspicuous failure to adhere to the speed limit of 80km/h - which he admittedly exceeded as he was travelling at 150km/h - his vehicle was in good shape, and the road on which he was travelling was in perfect condition.
In one's opinion, the judgement itself is correctional if one can bluntly put it, there is no accountability at all, the mere fact that someone lost their life because of reckless driving should have led to a much more severe punishment.
South Africa is a country that has seen a lot of people losing their lives on the roads, largely due to reckless driving, drunk driving and to a lesser extent poorly maintained roads.
Therefore, it would have been sensible to send Komphela to jail even if it's for a short period, what's there to gain for a legal matter to drag for two years and the family cannot receive justice. In many ways this is justice denied.
Who is Butana Komphela?
- Komphela is a successful business tycoon who is mainly involved in ferry services.
- He was involved in a consortium which bought a boat at Robben Island for R60-million.
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