Bucs star charged after road crash
BURLY Orlando Pirates striker Thamsanqa Aubrey Gabuza was dwarfed by the law when he was nabbed by police at the peak of the festive season last year.
Gabuza (29) is now facing charges of reckless and negligent driving and another for failure to submit his driver s licence to the police.
The footballer was involved in a collision involving four cars in December in which he allegedly rammed a Mini Cooper from behind.
According to police information, the striker was driving in Vrede, Free State, when his car smashed into the Mini which, in turn, bumped into two other cars.
Sunday World learnt that Gabuza might have been driving too close to the Mini as he failed to brake in time after the two cars in front of him stopped suddenly to avoid a pothole.
Vrede police spokeswoman Tshegofatso Moliehe confirmed a case of reckless and negligent driving was opened against Gabuza.
We can confirm that a case was opened against the player at the station. He is also facing an additional charge of failure to submit a driver’s licence. The case has been taken to the NPA for a decision,” Moliehe said.
She alleges that Gabuza tried to overtake three cars on the road filled with potholes.
Police sources said Gabuza, who was driving a silver VW Polo, failed to produce a driver s licence at the scene. He allegedly told officers that he was rushing to Newcastle in KwaZulu-Natal.
He said he did not have time to go to his house to fetch the licence because his family had told him that his baby was not feeling well,” said the officer privy to the accident.
Pirates administrator Floyd Mbhele said the club was aware of the case.
Gabuza could not be reached for comment as his team was preparing for the Soweto Derby against arch rivals Kaizer Chiefs yesterday.
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