The Federation of Unions of South Africa (Fedusa) is calling on authorities to charge a truck driver for murder instead of culpable homicide.
This comes after over 100 people were seriously injured, when a truck driver did not stop at a level crossing causing the Shosholoza Meyl train to derail, near Kroonstad on Thursday morning.
Fedusa’s General Secretary, Dennis George, say they would like to send their condolences to the family.
“The negligent and irresponsible driver of the truck, that tried to force its way before the train should be charged with murder instead of culpable homicide. The driver has caused a lot of pain and harm to many people, therefore Fedusa believes the justice system should take its course in the full way,” says George.
Free State Health spokesperson, Mondli Mvambi says the recent update by the Head of Free State EMS and Forensic Pathology Services has determined that there have been 19 fatalities thus far — 8 adult males, 5 adult females, 4 female children and 2 undetermined.
The joint multidisciplinary teams of National, Provincial and Police Pathology Services will converge by Monday to work on final determination of who the deceased are.
Josca Human/OFM News