Crash: Judith Sephuma behind the wheel

2013-02-04 08:30
Cape Town – Police confirmed to IOL News on Monday that award-winning jazz singer Judith Sephuma is being investigated after her car ran over an elderly pedestrian in Soweto last week.

Warrant Officer Kay Makhubela told SAPA that a case of culpable homicide was being investigated after the singer's car crashed into a 79-year-old woman as she was crossing a street on Monday.

He said the accident happened in Jabulani at about 07:00 on 28 January and that Sephuma took the woman to Chris Hani-Baragwanath Hospital herself, where the woman died two hours later.

The case, originally one of reckless or negligent driving, was turned into a culpable homicide case after the pedestrian died in hospital.

 "After the investigation is completed, the case will be taken to court for a decision (on whether to prosecute)," Makhubela told IOL News.

A court date has not been determined yet and Sephuma has not been arrested.

Makhubela said that possible speeding made out part of the ongoing investigation and that police were still waiting for a post-mortem report as well as witness statements.


  • staal.vanderbergh - 2013-02-04 08:38

    My condolences to the family and to Judith Sepuma. Horrible accident

      jaco.skalkwyk.3 - 2013-02-04 11:35

      Reckless or negligent driving is not an accident.

  • dezire.matjikijela - 2013-02-04 09:01

    My condolence to the family. Judith is responsible lady and it sad that she have to deal with this.

  • frans.vanderpoll - 2013-02-04 09:01

    Not arrested -- Court to decides whether to prosecute? Had it been one of us *ordinary* citizens you would have been in jail right now.

      squeegee.pilot - 2013-02-04 09:12

      Nothing in the story indicates that the driver did anything wrong. About 800 pedestrians die on our roads EVERY month.

      sherrysolman - 2013-02-04 12:22

      Speaking as an ordinary citizen who has been involved in an accident where a pedestrian was killed, I can tell you that the ordinary citizen would not have been in jail right away, there is a legal process to be followed, and any valid investigation would look into all of the possible contributing factors before the courts would indeed make a decision about whether to prosecute the driver (or not). Accidents DO happen. Sometimes they aren't anybody's fault, not the pedestrian's fault, nor the driver's fault. In those cases, the court decides not to prosecute. If there is evidence that the driver was at fault, then the prosecution would go ahead.

      sizwe.thela - 2013-02-04 21:52

      Dats y its called an accident dude, she didn't do it on purpose.... Get over urself

  • erno.groenewald - 2013-02-04 09:05

    This is just horrible and sad! The little I know about Judith Sepuma - she's a class act and a lady in all the ways that count. What a thing to have to live with.

  • peter.ndamase - 2013-02-04 09:13

    Charge her if there is wrong doing!!! If the driver was an ordinary citizen you would have spent thousands in bail money already...

      khutso.maphosa - 2013-02-04 13:08

      It's easy to comment nd yet we dnt really actually know wot had really vitally hpnd. It may have been the old lady @ wrong her, and by so saying I'm not examining Judith. I travel on tht road everydae nd it's shocking how pple dnt care abt crossing that road.. Innocent till proven guilty.

  • vuyisile - 2013-02-04 09:14

    This could happen to anyone, My condolences to the family and to Judith

  • mbali.mvuyana - 2013-02-04 09:32

    No! *shocked for days*!

  • Mathabo Maphosa - 2013-02-04 09:48

    Yes this was an accident and she was responsible enough to stop and take to the hospital. we shouldn't be too hard on her this could happen to any of us especially if you driving. may the gran soul rest in peace

  • johnny.august.31 - 2013-02-04 09:57

    It hppnd on the 28 the woman died 2 days later in the Hospital No breathliser test done ,Not yet arrested What kind of a country we living in ?She shouldn't have put that Old lady with brittle bones in a car,. she might have some Fractures, Neck ,Spine ,Especially the Pelvis looking at her Age ,Instead she could have called for an ambulance so that they could have immobilised her on a trauma board to avoid further damage or injuries

      mike.lindsay.7927 - 2013-02-04 10:17

      And the ambulance would have arrived ........ when ? Your comment is valid re additional injuries, but ER intervention and transport may not have changed anything.

      PvdLK - 2013-02-04 11:46

      Johnny, the woman died two HOURS later.

  • jackie.m.dickson - 2013-02-04 10:28

    Her car ran over a pedestrian? How strange?

  • ohbizz.chabata - 2013-02-04 10:55

    "After the investigation is completed, the case will be taken to court for a decision (on whether to prosecute)," Makhubela told IOL News. Ok this is new to me...the court decides on who ought to be prosecuted?

      michael.tetley.35 - 2013-02-04 11:25

      Yes. The police investigate, gather evidence, statements etc. which they then present to the prosecuting authority's legal personnel. They will then evaluate all the evidence presented to them and will then make a determination as to whether there are grounds for proceeding with a prosecution and formulate the charges. You cannot prosecute if, based on the evidence, no criminal act occurred. Not all accidents are the result of criminal/ illegal acts.

  • sethole.mangope - 2013-02-04 11:17

    My condolence to the deceased family and lets hope culpable homicide does n't turn to murder.

  • lulu.shezi - 2013-02-04 11:56

    how awful

  • nosiphiwo.mqikela.1 - 2013-02-04 12:08

    Oh No!! This is just sad. Shame sis'Judith, she must just take it as it comes it will pass at the end of the day :(

  • mxolisi.joloza - 2013-02-04 12:53

    Funny as if it was me the Jabulani Police would have arrested me SIES this is disgusting just because she took the person to Bara means she is exmepted to face the full might of the law nci nci how many of all this so called Celebs have done time??? except for Jub Jub who i think should blame Malema for the KFC he brought him

      khutso.maphosa - 2013-02-04 13:13

      Let the law take it's course. It cld be that the old lady was wrong in this case. We dnt know axactly, wot hpnd to innocent till proven guilty.. I trvel @ that road everydae nd I mst say it's a nightmear how pple dnt regard or care. Condolecents to the family.

  • cry.mashiane - 2013-02-04 13:12

    I wonder what she thought of Jub Jub

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  • daniel.bogogolela - 2013-02-04 14:57

    gee whizz!how could she do this, to an elderly woman who is someone's aunt,cousin sister,grandmother. matter of factly, she is a grandma to all of us. she must come to her senses and speak up. we want to know the truth. come on, jude!

  • Mamokete Naomi Thaele - 2013-02-04 22:07

    i remember vividly 8 ago in Randburg, she almost ran me over while robot was open for the pedestrians. Maybe she catch a wake up now. mxm

  • nontokozobreezo.mangaliso - 2013-02-05 08:19

    my condolences to the family and to judith sephuma sorry dear i know you wouldn't have done that perposly. Be strong and take responsibility God is there.

  • konisa.kmola - 2013-02-06 13:44

    Last week I almost ran over a pedestrian who was walking in the road with earphones on. I had to go to the wrong lane when I was just a few meters from him. RIP to the old lady,

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