Limpopo soccer crash driver in court

By Drum Digital
22 March 2013

A man accused of killing four soccer players when his bakkie crashed into their minibus taxi appeared in the Mankweng Magistrate's Court on Friday.

The case against Mahlodi James Machete, 36, was postponed to April 26 for further investigation, Limpopo police spokesman Constable Moses Molepo said.

He is out on R2000 bail. Machete was charged with murder, drunken driving, and giving incorrect information to police following the accident in November last year.

He allegedly crashed into the side of the minibus taxi transporting 25 members of the Polokwane City football club. The taxi landed on its side in the path of oncoming traffic, where a bus carrying Zion Christian Church members slammed into it.

Khomotso Mpaketsane, Mojalefa Mphuthi, Koketso Takalo, and Benjamin Nthete were killed.

When Machete was arrested he allegedly told police his name was Sammy Maepa.

-by Sapa

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