N12 crash truck driver to plead not guilty

Isaac Maruding was behind the wheel of a truck that caused a major accident in which 4 people died.

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

JOHANNESBURG - The driver of the truck, which caused what has been described as Johannesburg's worst road accident yet, has told the Palm Ridge court he intends pleading not guilty.

Isaac Maruding is applying for bail in the Magistrates Court today, where he faces three charges of culpable homicide and one of reckless and negligent driving.

Although Gauteng Transport MEC Ismail Vadi previously said four people died and 16 were injured in the crash, prosecutors say they only recorded three fatalities.

Further shocking details about the 44-year-old truck driver's past have been revealed in court today as he applies for bail.

The state says Maruding was convicted of causing a fatal accident while he was a taxi driver in 1996.

He was then also convicted of reckless and negligent driving as a truck driver.

The state is opposing bail and has argued that Maruding is a danger to society.

But the Free State resident has told the court he will prove he did not cause the crash.

He has hired a private advocate for this hearing after the owners of the truck withdrew their legal representation.