Mayor’s driver in horrific accident

2013-06-22 00:00

SASOLBURG — The body of a young woman was torn in three when she was hit by a mayor’s car yesterday morning.

Ellen Nthabiseng (28) was hit by the car after she alighted from a taxi at about 6 am.

The white Mercedes-Benz was being driven by Paul Maqolosane Zwane, Mayor Brutus Mahlaku’s driver.

It is understood Zwane was on his way to fetch the mayor’s children for school. He was alone in the car.

Constable Peter Kareli said Nthabiseng was standing with a friend. “According to the friend, there was just a loud bang and then she saw body parts in the air.”

Nthabiseng’s torso was forced through the Mercedes windscreen, while her lower body was torn in two.

Blood was visible on the car’s roof and the front of the car was seriously damaged.

Zwane wandered around the scene, his clothes covered in blood and his right hand bandaged.

He told colleagues it had been dark and misty.

He declined to speak to sister paper Beeld.

Nthabiseng’s two sisters collapsed on the grass verge and were taken to a police vehicle where a constable comforted them, wiping their tears with her hands.

It was not the first time that a driver employed by Mahlaku had been in the news.

Elliot Sefatsana was arrested last August after he was caught speeding in the official car, allegedly doing 235 km/h, on the N1 near Bloemfontein. He tried to flee and was chased down by traffic officers.

His excuse was that the mayor was late for a meeting with Free State Premier Ace Magashule.

His alleged speed of 235 km/h was one of the highest recorded in the province.

Municipal spokesperson Gino Alberts confirmed yesterday that Sefatsana, whose case has not yet been finalised, is still employed.

He said the municipality regrets yesterday’s accident.

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