The Justice Project South Africa has welcomed the twenty-year sentence for three counts of culpable homicide, reckless driving and driving under the influence handed down to Kriesen Moodley by Magistrate Anand Maharaj in the Durban Regional Court on Wednesday.
This message was passed on to drunk drivers after a young man caused an accident in which three people died.
This case therefore proves that when judicial officers are presented with properly prosecuted cases, sound convictions can result.
According to Arrive Alive, where reckless drivers are incorrectly prosecuted for murder after killing innocent road users, “the likelihood of appealing the conviction and sentencing succeeding in this case is remote.”
JPSA national chairman, Howard Dembovsky, says: "The unacceptably high road carnage situation which plays itself out on South Africa’s roads on a daily basis most definitely needs to be addressed and at least part of the solution must necessarily lie in sending strong deterrent messages to those who seem to believe that killing people as a result of engaging in dangerous driving practices is a trivial affair.
"This case also has the effect of proving that there is no need to seek to dispose of a person’s constitutional rights ahead of their conviction, as has been repeatedly mooted by the RTMC and the Minister of Transport. All that is required is that cases are properly prosecuted and judicial officers are provided with sufficient evidence in order to convict guilty people and sentence them accordingly.
"Increased physical and visible law enforcement also has a vital role to play and would undoubtedly lead to a reduction in dangerous driving practices, and as a result, the needless losses of life and causing of unnecessary suffering, which then necessitates “harsh sentences” arising out of the unlawful killing of people on our roads."