Cherise Stander ‘relieved’ after taxi driver’s conviction

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By Quintin van Jaarsveld

An emotional Cherise Stander said she’s relieved after a verdict was finally reached in the trial of the taxi driver who caused her late husband and Olympian mountain biker Burry Stander’s death over two years ago.

Njabulo Nyawose was on Friday convicted of culpable homicide and found guilty of failing to adhere to road signs at the Port Shepstone Magistrate’s Court.

Stander was killed when he was hit by a taxi driven by Nyawose during a training ride in Shelly Beach on 3 January 2013.

His widow, who moved to Cape Town after the fatal accident, was overcome by emotion following the verdict.

“It’s very emotional, but I am definitely relieved that after more than two years and three months, the court case is almost over,” Cherise, who opted not to attend the court hearing, told eHowzit.

“It was hard enough for me reading the reports, I can’t even imagine how it must have felt being at the court case in person.”

She believes the verdict is justice for Burry, a two-time Olympian who finished fifth in the men’s cross-country race at the 2012 London Olympics.

She’s anxious for the next few weeks to pass and hopeful to find a degree of closure after Nyawose’s sentencing on 27 May.

“I have not given much thought as to what I would like to happen next, but I do hope that motorists will be more careful and spare an extra thought for cyclists out on the road.”

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