Zenani driver did not appear drunk - investigator

2012-04-23 13:18

Johannesburg - The driver of the car in which 13-year-old Zenani Mandela was killed in an accident did not appear to be drunk, the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court heard on Monday.

Accident investigator Henry Muller said Sizwe Mankazana did not act like someone under the influence of alcohol.

"I could smell a little bit of alcohol. However it could have been on his clothes or from a bottle that was broken in the car [during the crash]."

Defence lawyer Ken Oldwadge asked Muller whether he could recall telling Mankazana's father subsequently that his son had "behaved like a gentleman". Muller confirmed this.

Except for symptoms of shock, common in those who had been in such an accident, Muller said Mankazana appeared sober.

Mankazana, 25, is on trial for culpable homicide for the 2010 crash.

Zenani, the great granddaughter of former president Nelson Mandela, was asleep on the back seat of the Mercedes Benz CLS500 when it crashed. Her mother is Zoleka, the daughter of Zindzi Mandela.

The vehicle veered out of control on the M1 North, just before the double-decker highway that bypasses the city. Mankazana was taking Zenani home after a World Cup concert at Orlando Stadium in Soweto at the time.

Zenani's great grandmother, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, arrived at court walking with the aid of a crutch. The trial continues.

  • Piet - 2012-04-23 13:33

    I also do not appear drunk when I am yet indeed drunk! Wakeup and follow procedures! Useless ...

      Bob - 2012-04-23 14:26

      Yep that simple Piet, any accident involving the police, especially if there is a death involved, the driver should be automatically tested for Alcohol.

      anthro45 - 2012-04-23 14:59

      Just remember guys, looking drunk and looking dumb is almost alike.

  • JJ - 2012-04-23 13:36

    I actually know Sizwe well, we went to school together and I saw him recently at my sister's baby shower. Awesome guy, very intelligent and resposible. The guy wouldn't hurt a fly... Feel bad that this has happened to a good guy.

      Joseph - 2012-04-23 13:54

      Great contribution JJ!

      Dhavandran - 2012-04-23 16:10

      ja, they suddenly have sense of responsibility after an incident like this. "I could smell a little bit of alcohol. However it could have been on his clothes or from a bottle that was broken in the car [during the crash]."

      JJ - 2012-04-23 16:22

      Dhavandran, if you bothered to read properly, you would see I'm talking from knowing the man prior to the accident.

      Joseph - 2012-04-23 17:03

      Dhavandran - who is they?

  • Thoka - 2012-04-23 13:37

    Alcohol smell was on your breath Mr Muller. Thats why??

      Rob - 2012-04-23 14:28

      a-hole comment. Rather say nothing.

      Thoka - 2012-04-23 15:19

      @ turner go F@c yourself if it was Mr Nkosi you we going to blame it on training and stupidity or perhaps you are cousins

      Tony Lapson - 2012-04-23 15:35

      Wow, Thoka really is an a-hole.

  • Joseph - 2012-04-23 13:57

    "behaved like a gentleman" - not hard for me to believe. The guy is one.

  • Nosiphom - 2012-04-23 14:01

    First of all to crash an MB SLS500 you must be drunk, so the officer did not do his duty in not investigating that. The very fact that he could not control such a car he should have been drunk, unless he could not drive in the first place.

  • rowan.maulson - 2012-04-23 14:45

    I would have thought a blood test would have been SOP for a car crash where someone had been killed, but regardless of that, the driver was clearly driving way beyond the speed limit to have had a crash like this... so his sobriety is somewhat irrelevant in my opinion, he still wilfully broke the speed limit which resulted in a child being killed.

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