Winnie's bodyguard 'wasn't speeding'

2013-04-06 13:12
Winnie Madikizela-Mandela (File, Sapa)

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela (File, Sapa)

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Johannesburg - ANC stalwart Winnie Madikizela-Mandela's bodyguard told the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court he was not speeding when he was pulled over by two policemen, Beeld reported on Saturday.

"The speed we were travelling at was not a dangerous speed," bodyguard Phillemon Philanathi Buthelezi testified on Friday.

Buthelezi was testifying in the case against Warrant Officer Jannie Odendaal and Constable Abel Twala, who are accused of intimidation and pointing a gun during an altercation in December 2010 with Madikizela-Mandela and her bodyguards.

Twala is also charged with assault.

Carel Taute, Odendaal and Twala's lawyer, read Buthelezi's original statement to the court in which he admitted that he drove "really fast".

Buthelezi testified that he was not speeding and that Odendaal insulted him, Beeld reported.

According to Odendaal's statement made shortly after the incident, Madikizela-Mandela got out of the car and said: "Who do you think you are?"

Odendaal then asked her to get back in the car.

The charges against Odendaal and Twala were withdrawn twice, but have been reinstated, according to the report.

Madikizela-Mandela was en route to Pretoria on the M1 north with two bodyguards, reportedly driving at a speed of 160km per hour in an Audi A8.

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