Mathale accident case opened

2012-03-30 21:09

Polokwane - A reckless and negligent driving docket has been opened after Limpopo Premier Cassel Mathale's official vehicle was involved in an accident, police said on Friday.

Spokesperson Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said the top part of the vehicle was damaged after it overturned on the road between Tzaneen and Polokwane.

"Our preliminary investigations show that it was raining and the driver lost control of the vehicle. The vehicle then went off-road, hit a small wall, and overturned," Mulaudzi said.

"We are still, however, busy with full investigations."

The model of the vehicle could not be revealed for "obvious reasons", Mulaudzi said.

He would not reveal the whereabouts of the vehicle.

Mathale and his driver were admitted to the Polokwane MediClinic after the accident on Thursday.

The driver was treated for minor injuries and was discharged on the same day.

Mathale was discharged on Friday morning, his spokesperson Mashadi Mathosa said.

"He [Mathale] is recuperating at home with stitches in his right ear."

President Jacob Zuma extended his good wishes for the speedy recovery of Mathale.

"We have learnt of the news with shock. We wish the premier and his family well. May he recover soon and resume his duties and normal life," Zuma said in a statement.

Meanwhile, the Azanian People's Organisation's president, Jacob Dikobo, has also added his wishes for the premier's speedy recovery.

  • pws69 - 2012-03-30 21:43

    Why is Mathale going to a private hospital to be treated? I thought he supported NHI?

      champ.bopape - 2012-03-31 10:43

      Why do we have public hospitals in the first place if those who run them know it is full of incompetent personnel, hence they themselves go for the best and well-staffed ones (Private Hospitals)?

  • percy.mongalo - 2012-03-30 22:15

    Wish Premier and the Driver speedy recovery - Percy Mongalo: Polokwane Chamber of Business

      Scouter - 2012-03-30 22:41

      Polokwane Chamber of Business? - please amplify as I assume this is an official missive from your Chamber?. I am sure the Premier and his driver appreciate your best wishes, although the latter appears to be in a spot of hot water right now.

      Tony - 2012-03-31 04:03

      Speed kills according to the Minister of transport.

      maseratifittipaldi - 2012-03-31 09:52


  • Adam - 2012-03-30 22:22

    Maybe he did not have his blue lights on.

  • Scouter - 2012-03-30 22:35

    "The model of the vehicle could not be revealed for "obvious reasons", Mulaudzi said." Probably because it is a luxury model and doesn't appear on the books ...

      alansmartSnr - 2012-03-31 00:27

      Jeez.. both survived..what a pity. I've had enough bad news to-day already

  • Scouter - 2012-03-30 22:45

    Car accidents are a feature of African politics - can't make up my mind whether this one was botched or just genuine incompetence behind the wheel.

  • Malcolm - 2012-03-30 22:50

    Another unqualified incompetent anc cadre ! For "obvious reasons " cannot reveal whereabouts of the vehicle , why , littered with booze bottles i suppose!

      Scouter - 2012-03-30 23:56

      This is one VIP PU member who clearly is not going to be made up to full Colonel - then again, I'm likely to be wrong on that assumption.

  • Gregory - 2012-03-30 23:38

    I really want to know the model of the car " for obvious reasons "

      Scouter - 2012-03-30 23:51

      You don't have the right to know citizen Gregory - according to the Info Bill, at least.

      Tony - 2012-03-31 04:06

      Obviously it obvious that the the model obvously was nt made obvious for obvious reason that obviously were not that obvious. R soles.

      maseratifittipaldi - 2012-03-31 09:40

      Just practicing the syntax for when the secrecy act kicks in. "for obvious reasons" : this is designed to dampen the desire to ask questions-one may appear to be ignorant if one does. (Reposting-removed last night)

  • Katlego - 2012-04-09 00:37

    Auw? Private hospital? Why? I am of ther view that he will taken to Mankweng/Polokwane Hospitals aka NHI so that they can \care\ for him and save us all from this bafoons! Nxa! NHI my ass!

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