Bucs star charged af­ter road crash

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Sunday World - - News - AUBREY MOTHOMBENI moth­ombe­nia@sun­day­world. co.za

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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