Court hears of death of 4 in crash

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - TOBY NGO­MANE

HE AL­LEGEDLY rammed into 10 peo­ple gam­bling on the side of the road, in­stantly killing four, but Khethani Mn­gomezulu man­aged to es­cape the hor­rific crash un­scathed.

How­ever, by­standers who had wit­nessed the ac­ci­dent turned against Mn­gomezulu, 21, as­sault­ing him and break­ing his jaw. It was a pass­ing tow truck driver who res­cued him from the mob.

On Tues­day, Mn­gomezulu made a brief ap­pear­ance in the Rand­burg Mag­is­trate’s Court, fol­low­ing a visit to the hos­pi­tal, his mouth cov­ered with a scarf.

Mn­gomezulu, who came up to the dock from the hold­ing cells, kept his head bowed for most of the pro­ceed­ings, only look­ing up when be­ing di­rectly ad­dressed.

The mag­is­trate then re­quested that Mn­gomezulu speak through his lawyers be­cause he was in­audi­ble and cow­er­ing be­hind his scarf.

He was ar­rested in the early hours of Sun­day morn­ing af­ter al­legedly driv­ing drunk and ram­ming into a group of 10, killing four and in­jur­ing six.

Mn­gomezulu was charged with four counts of cul­pa­ble homi­cide, reck­less driv­ing, driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence, driv­ing a ve­hi­cle with­out the owner’s con­sent and pos­si­ble ma­li­cious dam­age of prop­erty. He also dam­aged three shops.

He was re­leased on R5 000 bail, even though the pros­e­cu­tion had ar­gued for R15 000.

Mn­gomezulu, from Venda and still a stu­dent, has been re­quired to re­turn to Lim­popo where he stays with his fa­ther as part of the bail agree­ment. The mat­ter was post­poned to Oc­to­ber 5 for fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

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