Mandela granddaughter accident: murder charge dropped

2011-09-06 07:12

The murder charge against the driver of the car in which Nelson Mandela’s great granddaughter, Zenani, was killed has been dropped, according to a report.

National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Mthunzi Mhaga told The Star newspaper that the state had decided to revert to the initial charge of culpable homicide against Sizwe Mankazana.

“It was a prosecutorial strategy based on reassessment of the evidential material contained in the police docket,” said Mhaga.
Mankazana (23) is the son of Zwelakhe Mankazana, the partner of Mandela’s daughter, Zenani Mandela-Dlamini.

Mankazana junior was driving Zenani home from the soccer World Cup concert at Orlando Stadium on June 11 last year when she was killed in a car accident. The crash came two days after her 13th birthday.

Mankazana will appear in the Johannesburg Magistrates’ Court on October 24.

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