Mathale accident case opened

2012-03-30 21:09
Polokwane - A reckless and negligent driving docket has been opened after Limpopo Premier Cassel Mathale's official vehicle was involved in an accident, police said on Friday.

Spokesperson Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said the top part of the vehicle was damaged after it overturned on the road between Tzaneen and Polokwane.

"Our preliminary investigations show that it was raining and the driver lost control of the vehicle. The vehicle then went off-road, hit a small wall, and overturned," Mulaudzi said.

"We are still, however, busy with full investigations."

The model of the vehicle could not be revealed for "obvious reasons", Mulaudzi said.

He would not reveal the whereabouts of the vehicle.

Mathale and his driver were admitted to the Polokwane MediClinic after the accident on Thursday.

The driver was treated for minor injuries and was discharged on the same day.

Mathale was discharged on Friday morning, his spokesperson Mashadi Mathosa said.

"He [Mathale] is recuperating at home with stitches in his right ear."

President Jacob Zuma extended his good wishes for the speedy recovery of Mathale.

"We have learnt of the news with shock. We wish the premier and his family well. May he recover soon and resume his duties and normal life," Zuma said in a statement.

Meanwhile, the Azanian People's Organisation's president, Jacob Dikobo, has also added his wishes for the premier's speedy recovery.

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