Driver did not appear drunk: Investigator in Zenani Mandela case

By Drum Digital
23 April 2012

The driver of the car in which 13-year-old Zenani Mandela was killed did not appear to be drunk, the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court heard on Monday.

Accident investigator Henry Muller said Sizwe Mankazana did not act like someone under the influence of alcohol.

"I could smell a little bit of alcohol. However it could have been on his clothes or from a bottle that was broken in the car (during the crash)."

Defence lawyer Ken Oldwadge asked Muller whether he could recall telling Mankazana's father subsequently that his son had "behaved like a gentleman". Muller confirmed this.

Except for symptoms of shock, common in those who had been in such an accident, Muller said Mankazana appeared sober.

Mankazana, 25, is on trial for culpable homicide for the 2010 crash.

Zenani, the great-granddaughter of former president Nelson Mandela, was asleep on the back seat of the Mercedes Benz CLS500 when it crashed. Her mother is Zoleka, the daughter of Zindzi Mandela.

The vehicle veered out of control on the M1 North, just before the double-decker highway that bypasses the city. Mankazana was taking Zenani home after a World Cup concert at Orlando Stadium in Soweto at the time.

Zenani's great grandmother, Winnie Madikizela Mandela, arrived at court walking with the aid of a crutch. The trial continues.

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