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Johannesburg - Sizwe Mankazana could have been speeding when he crashed his car, killing former president Nelson Mandela's granddaughter, an expert testified on Monday.
“There is a high probability the car was travelling at a speed,” accident specialist Craig Proctor-Parker told the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court.
He said this could have been a major cause of the accident. Mankazana, 25, a friend of the Mandela family, was taking Zenani Mandela home after a World Cup concert at the Orlando Stadium on June 11, 2010, when he crashed on the M1 freeway. The Mercedes Benz hit a steel barrier, which penetrated the car.
Zenani, in the back seat, was killed. Mankazana and another passenger were slightly injured, but neither went to hospital.
Mankazana faces a charge of culpable homicide and another of reckless or negligent driving.
Proctor-Parker said the car's brakes were working at the time of the crash. - Sapa