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  • Justice at last: Five years on, man ADMITS to crash that killed couple

    Justice at last: Five years on, man ADMITS to crash that killed couple

    After five years, Andrew Kagiso Malele has pleaded guilty to culpable homicide. Malele was accused of causing the deadly crash which killed 26-year-old Ruan Coen and 25-year-old Jessika Kennedy.

    AfriForum takes the case on after the docket ‘disappears’

    The incident occurred on 23 December 2017. Last year, the matter was enrolled after AfriForum got involved. Malele crashed his car into the vehicle that Coen and Kennedy were driving. The couple got engaged just three weeks before the incident.

    Coen’s mother Ursula Kors approached AfriForum for assistance. The organisation’s Private Prosecution Unit worked with Colonel Werner Eversen from Silverton SAPS’ detective branch and Sergeant Piet Ferreira from the Sinoville detective branch.

    With the help of Eversen and Ferreira, they were able to recompile the docket that was allegedly lost at the Silverton SAPS. 

    What happened on 23 December 2017?

    The newly engaged couple were travelling back to Pretoria from White River along the N4. Malele was driving in the opposite direction. It is said that he lost control of his vehicle and crashed into the couple’s car, killing them instantly.

    Malele sustained minor injuries.

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    After five years and the involvement of AfriForum, Andrew Malele admitted to crashing into the vehicle driven by Ruan Coen and Jessika Kennedy and killing them. Photo: @afriforum / Twitter

    Accused apologises to family of deceased

    Before the proceedings began, Malele apologised to Cone’s mother for killing the couple. He also apologised for the pain and anguish he caused. Kors said that justice still needed to run its course.

    “We are very grateful for the guilty plea. We are so grateful for the effort that Advocate Nel and AfriForum have put in to reconstructing the docket that went missing. There’s a sincere gratitude that at least we can find closure. Even though we have forgiven what has happened, I firmly believe that justice has to be served and that one has to answer for the choices you have made in life. The impact of losing two young people has had a ripple effect on many lives,”

    said Kors.

    Malele pleaded guilty to the charges in the Pretoria Regional Court. His bail was extended and the matter has been postponed until 7 July 2022 for a probation officer report as well as a victim impact study.

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