Simba Mhere accused considering a plea bargain?
Simba and Kady - besties till the end (Supplied)
Johannesburg - Prashalin Naidoo, the man accused of smashing his car into Top Billing presenter Simba Mhere's vehicle, leaving Simba and his best friend Kady-Shay O'Bryan dead, will appear in court on 23 July.
It was confirmed that he had been charged with culpable homicide and reckless driving on 4 June (Read that story here for more details)
The Juice has it under good authority that the case was postponed after it was established that Naidoo requested time to consider his options. The accused will now decide whether he would want to enter into a plea bargain with the state or proceed with the trial, which has been set for the middle of August.
Simba's family has been outspoken about how slow the wheels of justice have been in this matter. In April, his sister, Valerie, explained how they had not heard from police on the matter since her brother's death on 31 January. (Read that story here)
"We want closure. As time goes on, we feel like there has been no justice in this matter," said a tearful Valerie.
Simba, his father and Kady were driving on William Nicol road, north of Johannesburg, when they were hit by another car.
Police confirmed to The Juice that no blood tests were taken as the driver of the other car was also injured. The procedure in a case like this allows paramedics, who are generally first on the scene, to remove the driver from the scene in order to get medical attention. Therefore no tests for alcohol and drugs are done.
Since hearing that Naidoo had been charged, the Mhere family have felt some relief. "It's scary. There are a lot of mixed emotions involved. But at the end of the day, I lost my brother. Nothing will ever bring him back," says Valerie.
The Juice will bring you updates on this story as they develop.