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Driving ban for flooded river tragedy man

Danisa Masuku
Never try to cross a flooded river!

A man from Lupane will rue the day he attempted to cross a flooded river.

On 2 February this year Kariba Ncube (59) drove a Nissan UD Truck with 10 passengers attempting to cross a flooded river.

He lost control of the vehicleA� and it overturned in the middle of the river. Two passengers, Trinity Jubane and Justice Moyo drowned while eight passengers survived.

Ncube appeared before Lupane resident magistrate Ndumo Masuku facing a culpable homicide charge and pleaded guilty.

In his mitigation he said: a�?I have nine children. Five of them are below 18 years old and Ia��m the sole bread winner.a�?

He was convicted and sentenced.

Sentencing him Masuku said: a�?You are a first offender and you are gainfully employed. But you are a careless driver.

Ubusucabanga ukuthi imota yisikepe (You thought the car you were driving is a boat).

a�?Due to your gross negligent driving you will be imprisoned for 24 months but six months will be suspended on condition that you never commit a similar offence within a period of five years.a�?

Ncube was also banned from driving any type of a vehicle for life.