N12 accident: Benusi Cargo Carriers remains mum

Benusi Cargo Carriers has not responded to media queries since the accident happened

A battered truck on the N12 after a massive accident involving an 18 wheel articulated tipper truck and 49 cars. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The courier company that owned the truck that caused a fatal accident on the N12 this week, continues to remain silent despite mounting calls from government and survivors, for Benusi Cargo Carriers to be held accountable.

Four people were killed and 16 others injured when a Benusi 18 wheeler articulated truck crashed into 49 vehicles on the N12 East in Alberton.

The truck driver, Isaac Maruding, was arrested and yesterday appeared in the Palm Ridge Court on charges of culpable homicide and reckless and negligent driving.

The MEC of transport has the power to suspend the truck drivers operating license.

FleetWatch Magazine editor Patrick O'Leary said, "I'm not sure about the charges but it enables them to suspend the operator's license and in fact close the company."

Meanwhile, Maruding had previously served 18 months in prison for culpable homicide and state prosecutors said they now want to verify if he committed the same offence.

He was sentenced to 18 months in jail in 1999 after already receiving a suspended sentence two years earlier.

The court also heard the driver had been arrested at his home in Viljoenskroon in the Free State, raising suspicion that he fled the scene after the collision.

Video: Carnage on N12.