The truck driver arrested for allegedly causing the death of four people and injuring 16 others in a multiple car crash on Tuesday along the N12 in Johannesburg, is a repeat offender.
State prosecutor John Ntuli told the Palm Ridge Magistrate’s Court in Katlehong on the East Rand yesterday that Isaac Wade Maruding, 44, was previously convicted on separate charges of culpable homicide, and reckless and negligent driving.
In 1997 Moruding was convicted and sentenced to 18 months, which was suspended for four years, for reckless and negligent driving by the Viljoenskroon Magistrate’s Court in Free State.
Two years later in the same court, he was again convicted and sentenced to another 18 months for culpable homicide.
His driver’s licence was then endorsed for 12 months.
Ntuli said the state needed to verify if the culpable homicide conviction was related to driving.
He said although Maruding was charged with culpable homicide and reckless and negligent driving charges – schedule one offences – he would now face schedule five offences because of his previous convictions.