Mandela crash: accused may have been speeding

2012-08-20 11:09

Sizwe Mankazana could have been speeding when he crashed his car, killing former president Nelson Mandela’s granddaughter, an expert testified today.

“There is a high probability the car was travelling at a (high) speed,” accident specialist Craig Proctor-Parker told the Johannesburg Magistrates’ Court.

He said this could have been a major cause of the accident.

Mankazana (25) a friend of the Mandela family, was taking Zenani Mandela home after a World Cup concert at the Orlando Stadium on June 11 2010, when he crashed on the M1 freeway.

The Mercedes Benz hit a steel barrier, which penetrated the car.

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

Mankazana faces a charge of culpable homicide and another of reckless or negligent driving.

Proctor-Parker said the car’s brakes were working at the time of the crash.

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