Zenani Mandela crash: Driver acquitted

2012-11-06 16:09

Johannesburg - The driver in the fatal crash that killed Nelson Mandela's great-grandchild in 2010 was acquitted on Tuesday of all charges related to her death, due to lack of evidence, his lawyer said.

Sizwe Mankazana was charged with culpable homicide, reckless and negligent driving and driving under the influence of alcohol after he lost control of his vehicle, killing 13-year-old Zenani Mandela.

The accident happened on the eve of the 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup, when the pair were returning from a concert in Soweto.

Mandela missed the opening of the event because of the tragedy.

According to Mankazana's lawyer, Hulme Scholes, the magistrate said there was no evidence "which could reasonably lead to a conviction on any charge".

Mankazana is the son of Zwelakhe Mankazana, the partner of Mandela's daughter Zenani Mandela-Dlamini, who is the country's ambassador to Argentina.

"The tragedy is that we will all live the rest of our lives without her.

"I am thankful that the trial has come to an end," Mankazana said in a statement.

  • namudi.makola.3 - 2012-11-06 16:24

    It was a tragic accident. The driver did not deserve to go to jail.

  • carolyn.dewrance - 2012-11-06 16:27

    Money talks.

  • ndyeboreginaldmazawule - 2012-11-06 16:42

    I swear this guy has a great lawyer. Congrats to him

      clive.kihn - 2012-11-06 18:58

      The combination of "great lawyers" and incompetent cops means that too many crimes go unpunished.

      ndyeboreginaldmazawule - 2012-11-07 04:05

      Well the guy was tried in court and won so settles it.

  • lionel.schultz.1 - 2012-11-06 16:42

    Lack of evidence yeah right, was he not the driver and what happened to the tests proving he was under the influence of alcohol? The only reason why he was acquited was because Mankazana is the son of Zwelakhe Mankazana, the partner of Mandela's daughter Zenani Mandela-Dlamini, who is the country's ambassador to Argentina.

  • goodguy.buthelezi - 2012-11-06 17:12

    He used Muthi obvious..

  • piero.mendace.5 - 2012-11-06 17:48

    Namudi, wake up! When your daughter is killed by a drunk, reckless driver remember that wise statement you made!

  • piero.mendace.5 - 2012-11-06 17:49

    As the ANC would say another testament to our great judicial system. Justice was of course done... again

  • piero.mendace.5 - 2012-11-06 17:54

    Its amazing how these comments are vetted.. Freedom of speech.. yes when you say something that everybody is happy to read.

  • archie.mooki - 2012-11-06 18:09

    this case was settled long time ago , in the bedroom this was just a formal process....

  • roger.kaputnick.90 - 2012-11-06 18:11

    Well, they let him go free, now perhaps he can drive other ANC pukes around and kill them off in DUI accidents?

  • clive.kihn - 2012-11-06 18:56

    Another SAPS failure?

  • michael.a.devilliers - 2012-11-06 19:38

    Faith in justice system: Lost.

  • gerda.vanrensburg - 2012-11-06 22:23

    Not enough evidence? What happened to taking a blood sample within 2 hours after an accident? That together with someone identifying him as the driver should have been enough to start with?

  • graeme.stockwell - 2012-11-07 06:26

    JEEZ he has been found innocent and you guys still condemning him. It was an accident they happen every day. I am sure he feels bad about it but that does not mean he was drunk, drugged or anything else - read it people no evidence. Remember this if you ever find yourself in court.

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