Speeding a role in Zenani crash - cop

2012-04-16 13:04
Johannesburg - Speeding may have played a role in the accident that caused the death of former president Nelson Mandela's great-granddaughter Zenani Mandela, the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court heard on Monday.

Johannesburg metro police official Henry Miller, an accident scene investigator and photographer, told the court that in his professional opinion it appeared as if speed was a factor.

Describing the accident scene, which took place on the M1 North just before the double-decker section, Miller said the speed limit in the area was 80km per hour. He outlined how the car hit a concrete barrier on the left side of the road, then swerved across the road and hit a steel barrier.

The driver, Sizwe Mankazana, originally faced charges of drunken driving and culpable homicide. In January last year, the State converted the culpable homicide charge to murder.

Miller said 13-year-old Zenani was still in the car when he arrived at the scene.

Mankazana was driving Mandela home from the Soccer World Cup concert at Orlando Stadium on June 11, 2010 when their car crashed.

On Monday members of the Mandela family including Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, her daughters Zindzi and Zenani, and the child's mother Zoleka were in court, as was Mankazana's mother.

The trial continues.

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