Thirty-two-year-old Siboniso Zwane, who drove the taxi that rammed into four school girls, killing three and critically injuring one, appeared in court on Thursday facing charges of culpable homicide as well as reckless and negligent driving.

It’s alleged that the driver skipped a red robot and struck the girls, dragging them for some distance.

He said, through his Legal Aid SA attorney, that he fears for his life and the life of his children and that the community was outraged about the children’s death.  The state is currently opposed to bail as the address he provided was invalid.  Zwane remains in custody.

Protest action erupted in the area where the three teenage girls were killed.   The protesters were demanding action from the police.   It’s understood that they want the driver of the taxi that was involved in the crash, who apparently fled afterwards, arrested.

According to Rescue Care Paramedics spokesman, Garrith Jamieson, just after 07H15, paramedics were called to the scene of the crash on Dumisani Makhaye Drive near the VN Naik School for the deaf in the Newlands West area.

“On arrival paramedics were faced with absolute tragedy”, Jamieson said.  “A single taxi collided with four teenage girls on their way to school and dragged them for some way.  Unfortunately, three of the teenagers had sustained major injuries and there was nothing more paramedics could do for them. They were declared deceased at the scene.  Another teenager sustained major injuries and  was treated by advanced life support paramedics on the scene and transported to a nearby hospital for further care”, he said.

The road was closed by police in the wake of the crash and traffic was diverted.

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