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South African Truck Driver Sentenced to 9 Years in Jail for Killing Jogger in Swaziland

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A South African truck driver, Stephen Shuping, was sentenced to nine years imprisonment for the death of Shirley Motsa, a jogger whose life was cut short in a devastating collision in Mbabane.

Shuping’s fate was sealed after being found guilty of driving under the influence of an intoxicating substance and culpable homicide, stemming from the fatal accident that occurred on March 16, 2024.

The court heard how Shuping lost control of his vehicle, ultimately striking Motsa as she jogged along the roadside.

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The impact of the collision left Motsa with severe head injuries and fractures to both legs, tragically resulting in her death upon arrival at Mbabane Government Hospital.

The incident sparked outrage and sorrow among the community, prompting swift legal action.

Facing the weight of his actions, Shuping appeared before Principal Magistrate Fikile Nhlabatsi at the Mbabane Magistrate Court.

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Despite his plea for bail, the court deemed it necessary to deny his request, citing concerns that he may flee the country, given his South African nationality.

After a thorough trial, Shuping was convicted on both counts brought against him.

For the charge of driving under the influence of an intoxicating substance, he received a sentence of five years imprisonment without the possibility of a fine.

Additionally, for the count of culpable homicide, he was handed a four-year sentence, accompanied by a fine of five thousand Rands (R5,000.00).

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The sentencing serves as a sobering reminder of the consequences of reckless behaviour on the road and the devastating impact it can have on innocent lives.

As Shuping begins his nine-year sentence behind bars, it presents a perfect moment for the truck driver community in the Southern African region to reflect on their behaviour at work to ensure tragedies like this are prevented in the future.

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