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Warrant of arrest issued for PE taxi driver who fails to appear in court for culpable homicide


A Warrant of arrest has been issued for a taxi driver who failed to appear in court on Thursday.

The 28-year-old Yibanathi Ndike is facing two charges of culpable homicide and one of reckless and negligent driving following a horror accident in Port Elizabeth just over a year ago.

The 19-year-old Micayla Victor and 21-year-old Celine De Ridder died in the accident when Ndike allegedly jumped a red robot.

19-year-old Micayla Victor and 21-year-old Celine De Ridder

Both women worked for Atlas and were on their way to work to start their shift in the control room.

Ndike, who was out on warning, has to date, attended all the court proceedings and intended to plead guilty.

The accused, however, changed his mind at the 11th hour and fired his legal representative.

On Thursday Ndike's new defense council, Attorney John Coetzee informed that Magistrate that his client's uncle handed him a sick note on Wednesday.

The Magistrate refused to accept the note and issued a warrant of arrest.

Family members of both Victor and De Ridder have expressed their frustration in the latest developments.

Celine's father Johan says the case has been dragging for over a year now and they desperately need closure and justice.

He welcomed the warrant of arrest issued.

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