We often idolise famous people so much that we forget they are still human beings who make mistakes like all of us.
And, some South African celebs’ mistakes were so severe it accidently claimed the lives of innocent people.
So, Briefly.co.za took a look at five South African celebs who accidentally killed someone:
1. Molemo Maarohanye aka Jub Jub
The South African hip hop artist and his co-accused Themba Tshabalala were sentenced to 25 years imprisonment after they killed four children and injured two during a drag race on 8 March 2010.
Jub Jub and Tshabalala were under the influence of hard drugs during the time of the incident and they appealed with the argument that they were not in their right mind.
On 5 January 2017 both men were released on parole after serving only four-years in jail.
2. Manaka Ranaka
Ranaka was on her way to enjoy a weekend away in Durban when she hit an 18-year-old girl who crossed the N3 on foot, Zalebs reported.
According to an interview with Sunday Sun, Ranaka went to the girl’s home to apologize to her family.
“I apologised to the family and was forgiven. There’s no animosity in that family. Those are human beings and they understood it was an accident”, she said.
3. Oscar Pistorius
On Valentine’s Day five-years ago South Africa was shook to hear Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius accidently shot dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp after he thought she was an intruder.
After a grueling trial in 2014 Pistorius was found guilty of culpable homicide- he was sentenced five-years in jail with an additional concurrent three-year suspended prison sentence.
However, on 24 November 2017 after an appeal by that state, Pistorius’ sentence was increased to 13-years.
4. Tokollo Tshabalala
Tshabalala got into trouble with Botswana authorities after he sped and ran over a stop sign. When cops tried to stop him, he drove away and tried to overtake another car.
However, he misjudged oncoming traffic and ended up getting involved in a head on head collision.
The driver in the other car, business woman Maria Monyatsi, did not survive the crash.
This led to Tshabalala being charged with culpable homicide, and Botswana authorities wanted SA to extradite him. When the SA authorities received assurances that Tshabalala would not be executed, he agreed to return.
He was acquitted of all charges later on.
5. Judith Sephuma
Sephuma hit a 79-year-old pensioner on 29 January 2013 in Mofolo, Soweto. According to reports, the choirmaster rushed the woman, who was on her way to the clinic, to a hospital.
Sadly, the elderly lady died hours after receiving medical car. However, like Ranaka’s case, Sephuma received the forgiveness of the woman’s family and she even stayed in touch with her children.
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