JOHANNESBURG - Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula on Sunday personally visited the family of slain pro mountain biker Burry Standern in Port Shepstone to pass on his condolences.
The 25-year-old mountain bike champion died on the scene after he was hit by a taxi in Shelly Beach on KwaZulu-Natal’s South Coast while cycling on Thursday afternoon.
Tributes continued to pour in from the cycling community, with groups calling for lawmakers to enforce road rules to protect bicycle users.
Mbalula paid a personal visit to the Stander family, including Stander's wife of just under a year, Cherise Stander.
The minister's spokesperson Paena Galane said, “He was there to send his condolences on behalf of the South African community and the government.
“He also stated to all cyclists to observe the rules of the roads.”
The minister outlined a plan to create lanes for bikes only countrywide to prevent such accidents but it is currently unclear when it will be implemented.
Meanwhile, Durban police said the man responsible for the accident would be charged with culpable homicide at the Port Shepstone Magistrate's Court.
Police spokesperson Jay Naicker said the investigation was running smoothly because of the cooperation of the driver.
“Our detectives sped up the investigation. We have since obtained all the witness statements that we required.”