Transport Minister Sindisiwe Chikunga faced an emotional day in court on Tuesday as she came face to face with Celumusa Ngwenya, the man accused of causing the tragic accident that claimed the lives of her six family members. According to EWN, Ngwenya appeared in the Ladysmith Magistrates Court, facing six counts of culpable homicide related to a devastating incident on the N11 in July 2022. The victims, spanning from four to 40 years old, were all part of Minister Chikunga’s family.
Minister Chikunga expressed the profound impact of the court proceedings and revealed her newfound understanding of the trauma people endure during such cases. She shared, “I have this experience that people go through as and when they have to attend court because everything becomes fresh. The pain or whatever you’re thinking, it’s beginning to get better, it just comes back like it was the 17th of July. We miss our children… I really miss my children very much.”
National Prosecuting Authority NPA spokesperson Natasha Kara provided details on the proceedings during the court session. Ngwenya opted for Legal Aid, and the matter was remanded to the 14th of February for consultation and the provision of copies of the docket. Ngwenya will remain out on a warning since he was brought to court on a summons. The tragic incident has not only left Chikunga dealing with personal loss. Still, it has also brought the harsh realities of legal proceedings to the forefront of her experience.
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