Khumalo smelled of alcohol, says paramedic

2009-08-20 15:37

FORMER Bafana Bafana star Doctor Khumalo smelled of alcohol and refused medical assistance on the morning of his accident. This is according to paramedic Emille Alves, from Johannesburg Emergency Services, who was testifying at Khumalo’s trial in the Roodepoort Magistrate’s Court today.

Alves said Khumalo, who is on trial for alleged drunk driving after his BMW collided with a taxi on the N1 freeway near the Maraisburg off-ramp on the morning of May 4, last year, was slouched and could not walk or sit properly.

He said Khumalo failed to co-operate with paramedics and refused to be examined on the scene. ‘‘His breath smelled of alcohol” said alves.

He said when they got to the accident scene they found Khumalo seated in a private tow truck. They wanted to take him out for medical assistance but it was a “mission” for them do so as he could not stand on his own.

It took two paramedics to get him out of the tow truck, Alves said.

“He kept on saying give me a second, give me a second”.

Alves added that if they left him to stand on his own feet he would have fallen down.

Alves corroborated evidence given by another witness Sinah Malatsi Shongwe, who was in the taxi Khumalo collided with, that the soccer player had pushed a breathalyser out of his mouth.

The court also heard that on arrival at Flora Clinic, Khumalo could not sit properly in a wheelchair.

“He slid down in the wheelchair,” he said, while demonstrating again how Khumalo could not sit.

Four people were injured in the accident.

The trial is set to continue tomorrow.

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