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Mandoza's 2nd crash in 2 years

2010-02-15 10:05

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Amanda Roestoff

Johannesburg - Kwaito singer Mandoza (Mduduzi Tshabalala) lost control of his yellow Mini Cooper in broad
daylight on Sunday, nearly two years after being involved in a crash in which two people died.

He crashed into a palm tree in Weltevreden Park, Roodepoort, and was taken to Helen Joseph hospital for
treatment of a minor scrape wound to his head. He was discharged at about 17:00.

The incident on Sunday happened nearly two years after he was involved in a crash on the N1 south between
the Beyers Naudé and 14th Avenue off-ramps in which two people died on impact.

He was found guilty in the Roodepoort Magistrate's Court in December 2008 on two charges of culpable
homicide for that accident.

The court ordered him to pay monthly damages for two years to the families of the victims.

Curwyn Eaton, Mandoza's manager, couldn't say on Sunday where the singer was travelling to when he went
over the pavement from the fast lane of JG Strijdom road between Fern road and Haak-en-Steek street and
crashed into a palm tree at about 09:00.

Car spun round

Brake marks were clearly visible from the left side to the right lane.

The vehicle presumably spun around before it lurched back to the left lane and came to a stop.

The airbag was triggered.

Emergency service workers from Netcare 911 and ER24 provided medical help, and Mandoza was rushed to
hospital by ambulance.

Chris Botha, spokesperson for Netcare 911 confirmed that the patient sustained "minimal injuries" and was only
treated for "a small cut on his head".

Edna Mamonyane, spokesperson for Johannesburg metro police, said when metro police officials arrived at the
scene, the "injured man" had already been taken away by ambulance.

"He had a head injury. We don't know how serious it was.

"We couldn't do blood tests, since his treatment comes first," said Mamonyane when Beeld asked her whether
the driver's blood alcohol levels were tested.

Distractions

None of the emergency services spokespeople would confirm whether the driver was, indeed, Mandoza.

His identity and involvement in the accident was confirmed by Eaton.

The metro police couldn't confirm whether a charge of reckless or negligent driving will be made against him.

"Sometimes there's something that distracts the person or some other reason why he could have lost control.