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Johannesburg - A motorist was expected to appear in the Randburg Magistrate's Court on Monday on charges of culpable homicide after allegedly mowing down a group of 10 people, instantly killing four.

According to police, the 22-year-old suspect, believed to have been drunk at the time, allegedly skipped a traffic light before crashing into the group of men.

The group were apparently gambling on the side of Bram Fischer Drive in Randburg on Sunday morning when a Land Rover driven by the suspect ploughed into them.

Police spokesperson Captain Mavela Masondo said the suspect drove the vehicle without the owner’s consent after he left him at a pub in Randburg.

“The suspect apparently asked for the keys to the car from the owner, saying he wanted to fetch something from the car,” Masondo said.

“He then took the car, while being drunk and without the owner’s consent, before he drove into a group of people sitting on the side of the road, and four of them died instantly. Six were left injured,” he said.

Masondo said the 22-year-old man would face charges of culpable homicide, driving under the influence of alcohol and driving a motor vehicle without the owner’s consent.

The Star