6 August 2015

Malawi: South African Fears for His Life in Malawi After Court Ruling

A South African Sibiya Mulungusi, is reportedly living in fear in Malawi after he was ordered by a court to pay MK100, 000.00 for killing Malawian due to reckless driving.

Malawi24 understands that the 21 year old who was fined earlier this week, is being afraid of being 'manhandled' by locals who are against the ruling.

State Prosecutor Sergeant Lawrence Mchalisoni told court that the suspect during the night of 31st July, 2015 caused death of a 26 year old pedestrian Steven Alfred at Mpale area along Mangochi - Liwonde road.

The suspect pleaded guilty to the charge of causing death due to reckless driving which is contrary to section 126 of the Road Traffic Act.

Passing judgment First Grade Magistrate Felix Mandala ordered Mulungusi to pay a fine of K100, 000.00 and in default serve 12 months imprisonment with hard labour.

Magistrate Mandala also ordered that the bereaved family should be compensated through insurance.

Mulungusi was in the country for business.

In relation to this, Station Traffic Officer for Balaka Police Assistant Superintendent Julius Phiri has called upon drivers and all road users to observe road signs if they are to control road accident.

Phiri said this after observing that road accidents are on the increase in the district.

"Last month of July alone 19 cases of road accidents were registered in Balaka district alone in where seven people lost lives.

Most of these accidents happen during night time and this is because most drivers do not observe road signs and end causing road accident due to reckless or negligent driving", says Phiri.

He added that a lot of people are losing their lives in preventable accidents which arise because most drivers cruise during night time due to absence of Traffic Police officers and cameras on the country's roads.

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