The trial of taxi driver Njabulo Nyawose, accused of causing the death of Olympic cyclist Burry Stander, has again been postponed by the Port Shepstone Magistrate’s Court: a development described by close family members and friends as ‘highly frustrating.’
Natasha Ramkisson-Kara of the National Prosecuting Authority said on Wednesday the attorney who represented Nyawose had sent a colleague who told the court he was sick and wouldn’t be available.
The trial was then postponed to May 28 and 29.
Nyawose is out on a warning.
Twenty-five-year-old Stander, who had been a sports icon because of his world-class performances, was cycling in Shelly Beach when he was struck by a minibus taxi driven by Nyawose on 3 January last year.
A culpable homicide charge was provisionally dropped against him in July pending a decision by the Director of Public Prosecutions.
An alternative charge of reckless or negligent driving was reinstated soon afterwards.
Stander was fifth in the men’s cross-country cycling race at the 2012 London Olympics.
At the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing he finished 15th in the cross-country event.