Jogger trial: Langa maintains innocence

The defence will call a psychologist to testify when the matter resumes next week.

Sibusiso Langa has called a psychologist to testify when the matter resumes next week. Picture: EWN.

PRETORIA - Despite his conviction on five counts of culpable homicide, Sibusiso Langa maintains that the collision in which five runners died was not his fault.

The North Gauteng High Court on Wednesday ruled that Langa was responsible for the deaths, as well as convicting him on a count of driving under the influence of alcohol.

Langa crashed his SUV into a group of joggers in Midrand in 2011, killing five and critically injuring one.

Argument in aggravation and mitigation of sentence started immediately after Langa was convicted on five counts of culpable homicide.

But in the dock, he repeated his version that it was the runners who ran into the path of his vehicle to avoid an oncoming car.

Judge Bert Bam may see this as Langa refusing to accept responsibility for his conduct which he described as gross negligence.

Langa has called a psychologist to testify when the matter resumes next week.

Meanwhile, Langa also denied that he was drunk and drove recklessly.

Last week defence advocate Richard Mkhabela told the court he intended calling a witness who would testify that the joggers ran into the path of Langa's car when he hit them.

However, the sole survivor of the crash, Abigail Stengile, disputed this under cross-examination, saying there were no other cars on that stretch of the road prior to the crash.