Khumalo sued for R500 000

2011-07-22 10:37

Johannesburg - Former Bafana Bafana star Doctor Khumalo has been found guilty of reckless and negligent driving three years after being involved in an accident with a minibus taxi in which several people were injured, the Sowetan reported on Friday.

Khumalo appeared in the Roodepoort Magistrate's Court on Thursday and was fined R6 000 or 12 months imprisonment.

Khumalo's BMW Z4 collided with a minibus taxi near the Maraisburg off-ramp on the N1 north in Johannesburg on May 4, 2008.

The taxi overturned and the jaws-of-life had to be used to free a female passenger in Khumalo's car.

Sinah Shongwe, Bongani Baloyi and Elizabeth Slater were passengers in the taxi. Shongwe is believed to have died from injuries related to the accident about two weeks ago.

Taxi driver Willy Sanyane escaped with minor injuries. Sanyane said he was not happy with the sentence.

"The case took long to be finalised. Khumalo missed court appearances. The fine is a slap on the wrist. I don't think an ordinary person would have been given a fine. They would probably be in jail," he said.

Slater, who suffered back and leg injuries said: "It's so sad that we will not get a cent from the fine. What is R6 000 to Doctor Khumalo? He has a lot of money."

According to the Sowetan, the owner of the minibus taxi is now suing Khumalo for loss of income.

Perry Kgasoane is suing Khumalo for more than R500 000 for income lost over the three-year period.


  • Modise - 2011-07-22 10:56

    Some animals are more equal than the others . Four legs good but two legs better . Sometimes we don't realise when we are fulfilling what has been foretold / predicted. Ja Neh .

  • Bakstein - 2011-07-22 11:09

    No problem with the taxi owner suing for loss of income. Is just wondering how the R500k for 3 years compare to the income the owner would have declared to SARS, if at all.

      Rob Gunning - 2011-07-22 11:50

      Ha! I was just thinking about that, you beat me to it. 120 000 registered taxis X R 166666.67/ year = 20 Billion Rand / year from the minibus industry. According to a report by the international labour office ( most government statistics on transport exclude the taxi industry, presumably because of the informal nature of the industry (as noted earlier, owners do not register for tax purposes and employees are not registered for contributions to any social services and/orbenefits). While financial turnover is enormous, the State receives virtually nothing in taxes from owners and employees in the industry. The exact racial breakdown of taxi ownership is also not known but is estimated at 90 per cent Black-owned, making the industry one of the biggest concentrations of Black-owned capital in the country.

      Thamie_Durba - 2011-07-22 12:10

      Bakstein, I was also wandering about the same thing. This is the chance for the taxman to use this taxi owner to set an example.

      Sailor - 2011-07-22 13:55

      @ Bakstein and especially Rob Gunning. Please be careful in making sweeping statements lest you display your ignorance in financial matters. The R500k includes interest for 3 years which if you assume a flat rate of 10% compounding annually totals to R120k, leaving an income loss of R380k. This converts to an annual income of R126k for each of the three years and a monthly income of R10k. If you have a car Rob, you know how much you spend on fuel, insurance, loan repayments and maintenance and because the Taxi is forever on the road, the fuel bill is easily half of the total income leaving a net of R5k. If you deduct another R1.5k for insurance and maintenance you hardly have enough to pay the bank interest on the taxi loan. Please tell me what income the guy should pay tax on bearing in mind that he has spent all the money on taxable expenses ie on the car, fuel, insurance, interest - the recipients of this income pay the tax instead. Unfortunately many people only see the topline and start making silly comments about how the taxi industry does not contribute to the economic growth. they forget that the taxi industry spends billions which provides employment and taxable revenu for the government.

      Rob Gunning - 2011-07-22 16:21

      @Sailor - Okay if you want to get technical then lets do so..... Firstly by compunding the interest from the first on a value of R380000 would not give you a total of R500K, in fact the accumulated interest on the amount would only be R64491.53 worked out using the equation FV = PMT * ( ( (1 + i)n - 1) / i ). Anyone claiming to earn interest of over 10% should be finance minister. Secondly, your argument assumes the driver was incurring costs even though there should have been none as he WAS NOT WORKING. If your argument relates to the loss of his taxi, then surely the 1.5k he was paying on insurance would have paid out for that? So bottom line is that he is claiming the full R500 000 as profit after expenses. Please put my on the right path if i'm incorrect. In closing I would like to say that you can find some great books on mathematics on Amazon.

      Sailor - 2011-07-22 18:00

      Rob you should enrol for Finance 101 and English 101. Technically FV= PV(1+i)^n. Your formula talks about annuity income and i am not even sure whether it is correct. If you plug in my variables, you will end up with R505 780. Whether interest rate is 10% or not is not the issue. The court utilises the Official Rate of Interest which is a lot higher than 10% in any case. Third your issue was whether Taxi owners should be paying tax on your assumed annual income of R167k. This was what i addressed. Finally, the owner is claiming for loss of income NOT profit. Surely you read the full article, or did you?

  • matubeng - 2011-07-22 11:21

    Jub Jub should be next,

  • dotty_01 - 2011-07-22 11:25

    nothing more dangerous than a previously disadvantaged fool in a fast car. too much too soon......

      Rajty - 2011-07-22 11:42

      What are you insinuating

      TBOOZE - 2011-07-22 11:46

      dr khumalo previously disadvantaged!!!!!!!! lol, now thats new , check facts before you spill bile of this forum you fool

      msendi - 2011-07-22 11:59

      nothing more dangerous than jealousy…

      Ruff-ian - 2011-07-22 12:00

      dotty_01 I'll rather have a previously disadvantage person driving a Flash car,than to have a rasict tart driving a flashy car

      Normaldude - 2011-07-22 12:35

      Previously Disadvantaged : Hell No : He is more Mentally challenged

  • Mnumzane - 2011-07-22 11:26

    Was the Taxi owner going to sue if it was not Doctor Khumalo? I doubt. Where is his car insurance to buy him a new car. Infact he should have claimed from Doctor's car insurance for a Third Party.

      Bra Pat - 2011-07-22 11:33

      You just answered yourself,they ar suing coz its Khumalo fool

      DeonL - 2011-07-22 11:42

      Yes if the taxi driver don't have insurance, he is a fool.

  • Annoy - 2011-07-22 11:28

    R 500 000.00 is nothing He must pay

  • Liberal Girl - 2011-07-22 11:33

    You are all forgetting one piece of truth here, who was at fault, no where in the article does it give details of why they collided all it says is they collided. Such a brilliant piece of work to make sure Khumalo looks like the bad guy. Who says the taxi driver wasnt at fault? We all know what horrific drivers they are, and until there is a proper article stating exactly what happened and who was at fault, I think its best not too judge Mr Khumalo

      edalsg - 2011-07-22 11:46

      Are you incapable of reading ?? The "Doc" was fined (or imprisoned if he did not pay) : Thus he was found GUILTY --seems simple to me anyway! Perhaps you are too Liberal .

      DW - 2011-07-22 11:50

      Erm " Doctor Khumalo has been found guilty of reckless and negligent driving " - Didnt need the people on this forum to judge him - the court found him guilty. I guess you should take it up with the magistrate. He "judged" Mr Khumalo.

      Made_In_SA - 2011-07-22 12:12

      Liberal girl, you may wish to read the piece above where it says Khumalo was FOUND GUILTY of reckless and negligent driving, now to any sober and sound of mind person that will mean he must have been to blame? If it was the Taxi driver who caused the accident then the Taxi driver would have been found guilty? You have obviously never sat in court or witnessed the investigation of an accident have you? 98% of the time the accident scene can be read by the investigator never mind the fact that photo's are taken, positions of vehicles are marked, the damage to vehicles noted, skid marks measured, and witnesses are interviewed... to get all the facts before it goes to court. but according to your comment you make out like the judge flipped a coin to see who was guilty? Eish!

  • Heinrich - 2011-07-22 13:00

    How can R6000 be equal to a year in jail?

  • Old dog - 2011-07-22 13:30

    R6.000000 is the right amount, and of course couple of year in jail, he doesn't look sorry. Did you notice how long it take to to have "star" to face the justice?

  • Tooguy - 2011-07-22 17:31

    The taxi driver is just pissed off because there was someone going faster than him and hogging the road.

  • grant9 - 2011-07-23 08:15

    The judicial system in SA needs a total overhaul. Why did the case drag on for 3 years. I know Khumalo missed court appearances but then he should have been had up for contempt. The injured passengers. taxi driver and the family of the deceased should also sue. Perhaps even the woman passenger in Khumalo's car should do so too. Back in the 80s/90s insurance companies did not want to insure BMW cars as there were too many claims. The talk was that blacks would sell or lend out their cars and then claim on insurance.

  • 2zbunu - 2011-07-23 17:07

    The 'Doc 16v' must just face the civil case then depending on the outcomes PAY finish & klaar.

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