Mediation bid by man accused of driving over guard
The team representing a man who was caught on CCTV driving over a security guard in Stellenbosch, is hoping to resolve the matter through mediation, News24 reports.
Johan Steyn appeared in the Stellenbosch Magistrate's Court yesterday after driving over Mzwanele Wellem at a shopping complex in Die Boord on 30 April. Wellem has been attending physical therapy as part of his recovery.
Readers and social media users who watched the video of the incident, said it was a miracle he survived.
Steyn, who is out on R2 000 bail, previously indicated that he intended pleading not guilty to the charge of attempted murder (with an alternative charge of assault with the intent to cause grievous bodily harm).
Magistrate Alaric Amos postponed the matter to 12 July for a Regional Court decision.
The state has not yet indicated how it intends to proceed with the matter.
Steyn's lawyer, Bruce Hendricks, said outside court they were in the process of drafting representations and hoped they could take the mediation route. Two lawyers have been assisting the security guard on a pro bono basis.
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