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Taxi driver convicted for Burry Stander's death

The cyclist was killed after being struck by a minibus taxi near Shelley Beach two years ago.

FILE: South African cyclist, Burry Stander, died after being knocked over by a taxi. Picture: Facebook.

CAPE TOWN - A KwaZulu-Natal minibus taxi driver who struck down Olympic cyclist, Burry Stander, was on Friday convicted of culpable homicide.

Njabulo Nyawose was also found guilty of failing to adhere to road signs at the Port Shepstone Magistrates Court.

Stander was killed after being struck by a taxi driven by Nyawose near Shelley Beach two years ago.

National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) spokesperson Velekhaya Mgobhozi said the matter had been remanded for a sentencing date.

"The NPA accepts the judgment today, the conviction on those two accounts he was facing in court."

Meanwhile, Stander's relatives welcomed the conviction of the minibus taxi driver who struck him down.

His widow, Cherise Stander, said she was overwhelmed.

"I'm very emotional at this stage, but happy with the verdict. I think the fact that he was found guilty is a very good. He ultimately made a mistake that day, and it won't bring Burry back but it's definitely justice for him."

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