Police still probing Winnie driver case

2011-01-17 13:25

Police were still investigating the circumstances of a highway confrontation between Winnie Madikizela-Mandela’s driver and two policemen, spokesman Colonel Neville Malila said today.

“We are still investigating,” he said.

The policemen stopped Madikizela-Mandela’s car on the M1 North in Johannesburg on December 30, because it was allegedly being driven recklessly and over the speed limit.

A discussion ensued, which, according to a statement by her driver Jacob Monare, began by him explaining that Madikizela-Mandela was late for a funeral.

The situation reportedly degenerated into alleged verbal abuse by the policemen and alleged resistance to have the car searched, according to accounts which had not been tested in court.

Monare laid a complaint of intimidation and pointing a firearm against the policemen. A decision on how to proceed with this was still pending.

The policemen – Jannie Odendaal and Abel Twala – meanwhile had been temporarily transferred from their own bases.

They also had to hand over their guns. The two would face an internal inquiry.

Madikizela-Mandela’s office wanted it known she was unhappy about being the focus of attention in the story. According to a statement issued last week she was not driving the vehicle as she did not drive, and had merely tried to calm the situation.

Profanities were reportedly used when Madikizela-Mandela was asked to get back inside the car.?


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