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Motorist in court over soccer crash

2012-11-21 19:13

Johannesburg - The motorist whose bakkie hit a taxi, killing four soccer players, appeared in the Mankweng Magistrate's Court on Wednesday.

Mahlodi James Machete, 36, is charged with culpable homicide and driving under the influence of alcohol, said Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi.

He remained in custody and was expected to bring a bail application next Thursday.

Machete was treated for minor injuries after the crash.

At the time of his arrest, he gave the police a false name, calling himself Sammy Maepa.

Four soccer players died when his bakkie hit the side of their minibus taxi on the R71, near Polokwane, on 11 November.

The taxi landed on its side, in the path of oncoming traffic, and was hit by a bus carrying Zion Christian Church members.

The players were members of the Polokwane City football club and had been travelling from the Oscar Mphetha stadium, where they had played a National First Division match against FC AK.