Sindisiwe Chikunga celumusa ngwenya

Transport Minister Sindisiwe Chikunga. Image: X/@Dotransport

Driver behind accident that claimed transport minister’s family sentenced

Celumusa Ngwenya pleaded guilty to culpable homicide after he killed Transport Minister Sindisiwe Chikunga’s six loved ones.

Sindisiwe Chikunga celumusa ngwenya

Transport Minister Sindisiwe Chikunga. Image: X/@Dotransport

The Ladysmith Regional Court has sentenced Celumusa Ngwenya to ten years imprisonment after he pleaded guilty to six counts of culpable homicide following an accident that claimed the lives of six people who were family members of Transport Minister Sindisiwe Chikunga.

The motor vehicle accident occurred on 17 July 2022 on the N11 highway outside Ladysmith in KwaZulu-Natal.

DRIVER WHO KILLED SINDISIWE CHIKUNGA’S FAMILY SENTENCED

National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) spokesperson Natasha Ramkisson-Kara said the deceased were aged between four and 40 years. 

Ramkisson-Kara said that following the accident and prosecutor-guided investigations, Ngwenya appeared in court on a summons in January 2024.

In aggravating the sentence, prosecutor Sathsha Budhram led the evidence of advocate Makhosini Msibi from the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC), who told the court that South Africa has approximately 12 541 vehicle-related accidents, costing the economy about R 198 billion. 

“According to a vehicle tracker report handed into court, Ngwenya was driving at 158 km/h in an 80km zone and overtook on a double barrier line around a bend. Since all the six counts were taken as one for sentencing, Ngwenya will serve an effective 10-year imprisonment. Further, in terms of Section 34 of the National Road Traffic Act, his driver’s license was cancelled,” she explained. 

The NPA has welcomed the successful finalisation of this matter. 

“We hope the sentence sends the necessary deterrent message to like-minded individuals.”

Sindisiwe Chikunga Celumusa Ngwenya
Transport Minister Sindisiwe Chikunga expressed her sadness after Celumusa Ngwenya killed her six family members in 2022. Image: X/@thedpsa

MINISTER SAYS SHE MISSES HER CHILDREN

Earlier this year Chikunga said she now understood the trauma people faced during court cases.

“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,” she told EWN.