No jail time for unlicensed driver after fatal crash


Honorary Master
Mar 26, 2010
Durban - THE family of a Verulam woman, who died following a head-on collision with a vehicle driven by an unlicensed driver, are angry after her killer was handed a wholly suspended sentence.
Candida “Camy” Govender, 26, of Brindhaven, died when Yaya Vahed, who was 18 at the time and lived in the same area, lost control of his Isuzu bakkie on December 5, 2016.

The bakkie veered off the road and crashed into another car before colliding head-on into Govender's VW Golf.

Govender sustained multiple blunt force injuries and died in hospital. Vahed was subsequently charged with culpable homicide and reckless or negligent driving.

At the start of the trial in the Verulam Magistrate's Court in 2017, he pleaded not guilty to the charges.

But in July last year, Magistrate V Katravaloo found him guilty.

He claimed it was raining heavily that day and he hit a pothole. His steering wheel locked and his bakkie veered out of his lane.

“My bakkie was then struck in the front by a Polo motor vehicle, causing my bakkie to face in a north-easterly direction,” he said.

Vahed claimed another car, a VW Golf, which he said had been speeding, crashed into his bakkie.

During the trial, a State witness from the Department of Road Works said there were no potholes on the road and two witnesses, who were travelling on the same road, said it was not raining.

The court found the State witnesses to be credible and rejected Vahed’s version, and he was found guilty.

Last Wednesday, Vahed was sentenced to three years' imprisonment for culpable homicide, wholly suspended for three years, and 18 months imprisonment for reckless or negligent driving, wholly suspended for three years.

Vahed will not serve any jail time or perform any community service.
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Expert Member
Jun 5, 2018
Hey its MyBB, the keyboard warriors wont say much about this as he was not speeding.

They might reference the imaginary speeding car.

Supervan II

Senior Member
May 8, 2011
I lost a colleague (and his wife) some years ago in a similar incident. They left 4 orphans behind.

RIP Hammant Natverlal. :(


Expert Member
Nov 4, 2013
What's worse - driving drunk, but you have proven the ability to drive a vehicle because you have a license, or being sober but you have no proven ability to drive because you have no license.

Both should be charged the same... tsek into prison for culpable homicide