LUPANE — An injiva who loaded 20 school pupils onto a Toyota Hilux with SA number plates and sped away resulting in an accident which caused the death of two pupils, was on Tuesday granted free bail after the court ruled that he was not a flight risk.
Sicelo Ncube (26) is originally from Deka village in Lupane and has been based in South Africa. On Tuesday, Ncube, who is facing culpable homicide charges, appeared before Lupane resident magistrate Takudzwa Gwazemba for bail application and was remanded out of custody on free bail to August 10.
His lawyer told the court that Ncube was a family man with all his children and wife based in Zimbabwe and was unlikely to skip bail.
The lawyer also said Ncube was injured during the accident and needed medical attention.
The magistrate said in view of the lawyer’s presentation, the court was in agreement that Ncube was a suitable candidate for bail.
His bail conditions were that he should reside at his given address until the finalisation of the case. He was also ordered to report to the Lupane police twice a week.
Ncube, who has no driver’s licence, is alleged to have arrived home on July 4 this year.
On July 8 he allegedly visited Mandlethu Secondary School during a sports event while allegedly driving a Toyota Hilux.
After the events, Ncube allegedly loaded 20 pupils believed to be his neighbours and drove off at high speed taking them back home. He is said to have lost control of the vehicle and it overturned, killing two pupils on the spot.
Villagers who witnessed the accident instituted a citizen’s arrest.
Tawanda Sigauke prosecuted.