Mandoza: police investigate reckless and negligent driving

2010-02-16 10:23

Police have opened a reckless and negligent driving case against

the driver who caused the accident in which kwaito star Mandoza was injured, a

spokesperson said today.

Capt Lydia Mtila-Dikolomela said the case was opened yesterday,

after the accident in Weltevreden Park over the weekend.

“Let me make it clear. By saying we opened a case of reckless and

negligent driving against the driver, I am not necessarily referring to

Mandoza,” she said.

Dikolomela said no one had been arrested and police had no other


“The docket will go to court and the police will do an

investigation and charge whoever was driving.”

Mandoza, whose real name is Mduduzi Tshabalala, was apparently

sitting in the back seat of the Mini Cooper, after it crashed into a palm tree

in the West Rand suburb. There was no other person in sight when metro police

arrived on the scene.

Johannesburg Metro police spokesperson Insp Edna Mamonyane said

yesterday Mandoza was very confused when officers spoke to him, but he did not

smell of alcohol.

He had a cut on his forehead and was taken to the Helen Joseph

hospital. His blood was not tested for alcohol or drugs as it was apparently too

late after the accident to do this.

Mamonyane said the owner of the car was called to the accident

scene and arrived 45 minutes after the call, smelling heavily of alcohol.

“He stank like the brewery tank,” said Mamonyane, adding that he

did not appear shocked to hear of the accident.

It was earlier reported that Mandoza, who was found guilty of

culpable homicide after a crash in March 2008 on the N1 North highway in which

two people were killed, took his friend’s car without permission after a fight

with his wife.

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