Candidate councillor charged with culpable homicide

2016-07-21 06:00
PHOTO: supplied The councillor’s bakkie involved in accident in Gamalakhe.

PHOTO: supplied The councillor’s bakkie involved in accident in Gamalakhe.

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ANC candidate councillor Mzwandile Mncube has been charged with culpable homicide after he was involved in an accident in Gamalakhe­ on Saturday.

Mncube was the driver of a bakkie that overturned in Gamalakhe­ as he was returning from a funeral in Izotsha.

It is alleged that Mncube was under the influence of alcohol, which could have been the cause of the accident because no other vehicle was involved.

One of the passengers, who Mncube was transporting in the back, died in hospital while 22 others sustained serious to moderate­ injuries

KwaZulu Natal Emergency Medical Services spokesperson Rob Mckenzie confirmed the accident saying that emergency services were called to the scene.

The injured were treated on scene and one person, who had sustained critical injuries, was rushed to hospital.

“Eight people sustained moderate injuries, the rest sustained minor­ injuries," he said.

Police spokesperson Captain Gerald Mfeka said Mncube was charged and appeared in Ramsgate­ Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday.

The case was remanded, and is continuing.

“The driver of the vehicle has been charged with culpable homicide because one of the passengers­ later died in hospital­,” said Mfeka.

ANC spokesperson, Sipho Dlamalala, said that Mncube is still a candidate for the party and will continue to be part of the upcoming local government elections.

“As the ANC we heard about the accident and are aware that Mncube appeared in court for the charges laid against him.

“At the moment we can’t make any decisions until he is found guilty of the charge,” said Dlamalala.

He said as the ANC they send condolences to the families of those involved in the accident and now leave everything in the hands of the law.

Dlamalala said only after the elections can the IEC make a decision­ whether Mncube stands as a councillor.

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