Madonsela's son says he swerved for dog

2012-02-02 22:49
Pretoria - Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's son Wantu says he swerved to avoid hitting a dog when he crashed her official vehicle into the wall of a home in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

Wantu, 23,  told Eyewitness News (EWN) on Thursday he did not have his mother's permission to drive the vehicle.

The public protector's spokesperson, Kgalalelo Masibi, said she wasn't in the car.  

"She was asleep at home [in Pretoria] after returning from an official function in Sandton, Johannesburg, the previous night."

Wantu old EWN he'd taken his mother's car and private petrol card.

"I bumped into one of my friends who needed a lift home. On my way back, I avoided a dog on the road, and swerved into a wall."

Masibi said Wantu, who was licensed to drive, immediately reported the accident at the Garsfontein police station.

The public protector said in a statement she would allow the law to take its course.

"I will submit myself to internal processes regarding the use of state vehicles in line with the terms and conditions of my employment.

"I have already made contact with the owners of the affected property and agreed to compensate them for the damage," she said.

According to the judges’ handbook, Wantu could only drive it when the public protector was a passenger in the car.

She was not in the BMW X6 at the time of the crash.

Madonsela said she would submit herself to internal processes regarding the use of state vehicles.
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