Truck driver who caused fatal N2 crash to remain in custody

Eight members of the Buffeljagsrivier Correctional Centre were killed in the crash.

FILE: The 34-year-old has been charged with culpable homicide in the Swellendam Magistrates Court. Picture: SAPS.

CAPE TOWN - A truck driver accused of causing the deaths of eight correctional services officials in a crash near Swellendam will remain in custody.

The 34-year-old has been charged with culpable homicide in the Swellendam Magistrates Court.

Last week he allegedly crashed his truck into a stationary bakkie and correctional services minivan on the N2.

The police's Bernadine Steyn said, "The 34-year-old accused appeared in the Swellendam Magistrates Court on a charge of culpable homicide. The case was postponed until 26 May and he will remain in custody."

Shortly after the crash, correctional services support staff were deployed to the Buffeljagsrivier Correctional Centre in Swellendam after the eight officials died.

Correctional services' Delekile Klaas said his department would do everything in its power to assist traumatised staff at the Buffeljagsrivier Correctional Centre.

"We have sent members from the emergency management team, other chaplains for psychology and employee assistance programme officers and additional nurses."

Klaas said the news had left him devastated.

"Emotionally, it has left a wound that is very deep. It's a loss that we never expected."