Mandela crash: Accused may have been speeding

2012-08-20 14:26

Johannesburg - Sizwe Mankazana could have been speeding when he crashed his car, killing former president Nelson Mandela's great-granddaughter, an expert testified on Monday.

"There is a high probability the car was travelling at a speed," accident specialist Craig Proctor-Parker told the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court.

He said this could have been a major cause of the accident.

Mankazana, 25, a friend of the Mandela family, was taking Zenani Mandela home after a World Cup concert at the Orlando Stadium on 11 June 2010, when he crashed on the M1 freeway.

The Mercedes Benz hit a steel barrier, which penetrated the car.

Zenani, in the back seat, was killed. Mankazana and another passenger were slightly injured, but neither went to hospital.

Mankazana faces a charge of culpable homicide and another of reckless or negligent driving.

Proctor-Parker said the car's brakes were working at the time of the crash.

  • bernard.ingram - 2012-08-20 16:33

    "There is a high probability the car was travelling at a speed,", I've never heard of a moving vehicle not travelling at speed. Expert? No ways!

  • bernard.ingram - 2012-08-20 16:37

    Totally opposite to previous report...

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-08-20 18:32

    This incident happened in 2010. Of course there is only one person who is responsible for this - the driver, who was supposed to be in control of the vehicle. How can supposedly educated people still carry on spewing garbage and wasting money two years after later? How do some people "earn" their money?

  • sandile.filita - 2012-08-20 23:45

    "Could have been speeding" "There is a high probability the car was travelling at a speed" these are all assumptions. Lets get real Experts please cos i want the truth.

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