Mandela crash: Accident specialist 'lied to court'

2012-08-22 14:08
Sizwe Mankazana (File, Sapa)

Sizwe Mankazana (File, Sapa)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Johannesburg - An accident specialist testifying in the culpable homicide trial resulting from the death of former president Nelson Mandela's great-granddaughter on Wednesday had lied about a tyre course he attended, the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court heard.

"From what I have [been told]... you have been less than honest with this court in your evidence," Kenny Oldwadge, acting for Sizwe Mankazana, told the court.

"This which you stated [in your curriculum vitae] to be a course that you covered is untrue."

Witness Craig Proctor-Parker said he did not consider himself to be an expert on tyre failure, despite testifying on Monday that he had determined that a flat or burst tyre did not happen in the accident that killed Zenani Mandela.

Mankazana, 25, faces a charge of culpable homicide and reckless and negligent driving.

He was a friend of the Mandela family and was taking Zenani home from a World Cup concert on 11 June 2010.

He was driving his father's Mercedes-Benz on that night and was heading to Sandton when it crashed into a barrier.

Zenani, who was in the back seat, was killed. Mankazana and another passenger were slightly injured but neither went to hospital.

A tour not a course

The vehicle had hit a steel barrier, which penetrated the car.

On Wednesday, the court heard that Proctor-Parker had, in his CV, said he attended some courses relating to cars and tyres.

Among them was a course done at Apollo Tyres in Durban.

Oldwadge said he had contacted the factory and found out this was not a course but a tour.

The company sent Oldwadge a letter which he read out in court.

It said factory tours were frequently conducted and Proctor-Parker had been part of a tour group in February this year.

The tour, which lasted two hours, dealt with an overview of the tyre manufacturing industry.

"No training is initiated in the tour... no training material was supplied to the group," the letter said.

Apollo said it did not manufacture run flat tyres, which is the type of tyre the Mercedes had.

"At no stage did I report to be an expert in tyre failure," said Proctor-Parker.

"I don't consider myself an expert in tyres."
Read more on:    sizwe mankazana  |  zenani mandela  |  johannesburg  |  accidents

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Empowering girls in science

A Johannesburg high school is making a change in science education for girls and seeing incredible results.

Partner Content
Travel Dreams? Where would you rather be right now?

Partnered: Whether you're missing family overseas, dreaming of family adventures or romantic hideaways we all have that one place we'd rather be right now - but have you thought about the best way to get there?

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.