Johannesburg - The family of Olympic
cyclist Burry Stander has approached the chief prosecutor for answers on why
charges have been dropped against a taxi driver allegedly involved in his
death, the Mail & Guardian reported on Friday.
"We thought we could
trust the legal system, but we have now lost all faith," his widow,
Cherise Stander, told the weekly.
"An innocent life was
taken and justice needs to take its course."
Stander said the family was
waiting for answers from the chief prosecutor about the case was put on hold
and what the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) was doing to get the case
back onto the court roll.
NPA spokesperson Natasha
Ramkisson earlier this week said the case against minibus taxi driver Njabulo
Nyawose was withdrawn in the Port Shepstone Magistrate's Court.
This was pending a decision
by the director of public prosecutions.
Nyawose faced a charge of
culpable homicide or an alternative charge of reckless or negligent driving.
Stander, 25, died on
January 3 when a minibus taxi struck him while he was cycling in Shelley Beach
on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast.
He was fifth in the men's
cross-country race at the 2012 London Olympics. Four years earlier, at the
Beijing Games, he finished 15th in the cross-country event.
In 2011, Stander became the
first South African to win the Cape Epic stage race in the Western Cape with
Swiss partner Christoph Sauser. The pair defended their title in 2012.