We want transformed Road Safety in South Africa. We want Restorative justice for Sanele May, all victims, road-users and
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Senzo Mchunu, Premier of Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa
In the recent Fields Hill Truck accident which happened on the 5 September 2013, and claimed 23 lives Sanele May was arrested and charged with 23 counts of murder. He has been detained since and indications are that the state may continue to oppose his release on bail. The owner of the Truck Company has not been charged and has also had access to the truck to conduct it's own independent enquiry. The truck is back in the possession of the Company even though Sanele's defence team has not had access to it to conduct it's own independent enquiry. This is a prima facie compromize of both procedural and substantive fairness.
Furthermore, as a society we need an independent establishment of the facts in this matter as well as a broader investigation into systemic issues in our current Road Safety System that may have caused or contributed to this tragedy.
Ultimately we need to pursue truth, accountability, healing and ultimately learning and behavioural and/or systemic change.
Trying to make an example of this 23 year old young man in a violent and already flawed process will do nothing to transform this situation. In fact it will harm us all and we will all pay the cost.
Signing this petition amounts to fighting for justice for Sanele, the victims and families and all road users. It amounts to contending for the greater good of society as a whole.
Ultimately a restorative justice process, with an Independent Inquiry as a start will achieve greater truth, accountability, healing and transformation than the current already flawed punitive criminal justice process