Driver makes another bail bid


A Mozambican national who has been in custody for almost four months awaiting trial on 18 charges of culpable homicide is expected to continue with his formal bail application when the hearing resumes in the Belfast Magistrate’s Court today.

Sebastian Macuacua, 36, was the driver of the truck that collided with two minibuses in an accident on the R541 between Machadodorp and Badplaas near Belfast on July 4.

Macuacua has been remanded in custody despite repeated efforts to apply for bail.

The National Prosecuting Authority said Macuacua might try to leave South Africa should he be granted bail.

The horrific crash left 18 people dead and 15 others injured.

The victims were being transported to work at a local mine when the accident happened about 6 am.

It was still unclear what could have led to the accident. Both taxi drivers were killed in the collision.

However, it is alleged that the crash occurred when Macuacua lost control of the truck he was driving and collided with the minibuses.

Machadodorp police spokesperson Sgt Sipho Mkhwanazi said their investigations into the accident were continuing.