Zuma convoy kills man

2009-02-01 00:00

A pedestrian was killed instantly yesterday after being hit by a car that was part of ANC president Jacob Zuma’s cavalcade.

The incident happened near Ulundi’s B North section in northern KwaZulu-Natal as Zuma’s bodyguards were making their way to Nongoma where Zuma was to address an ANC manifesto rally.

Zuma was not in the motorcade at the time of the accident. He later arrived at Nongoma by helicopter.

Provincial police spokeswoman Director Phindile Radebe said the details of the incident were sketchy.

She said, however, that police are investigating allegations that the victim, Maqhina Sibiya (21), was drunk when the car hit him. “It is alleged that at the time of the accident Sibiya was drunk as he had been carrying a beer bottle in one hand. Police are investigating the matter.”

A VIP bodyguard who spoke on condition of anonymity said that the deceased was trying to cross the road when one of the cars in the cavalcade, an SUV bakkie, hit him.

“He just got into the road with little regard for the traffic. He died instantly at the scene. A case of culpable homicide has been opened and police investigations are continuing,” Radebe added.

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