Chiefs player off the hook again

By Baldwin Ndaba Time of article published Jan 10, 2007

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Kaizer Chiefs dribbling wizard Thabo "Tsiki Tsiki" Mooki has again escaped criminal prosecution.

Mooki was this week due to appear in the Johannesburg magistrate's court on charges of driving his car recklessly, but charges were withdrawn.

In 2002, Mooki was accused of killing a man on Columbine Avenue, Mondeor, as a result of reckless driving.

Mooki was arrested last week when he was allegedly caught doing a "doughnut" - a 360-degree spin - on Columbine Avenue.

He was caught by members of the police's Area Crime Combating Unit who were patrolling the area when they noticed a car spinning wildly.

They followed the car after Mooki allegedly drove away at high speed but managed to flag him down and arrested him. He was later released on warning.

On Tuesday, Johannesburg police spokesperson Sergeant Sefako Xaba confirmed that the police had failed to convince the state about the allegations against him.

He said the charges were withdrawn because they failed to provide material evidence to support the allegations that Mooki was spinning his car and later drove away at 180km/h in an 60km/h zone.

Mooki is known for his love of fast cars and speed. He owns several vehicles, including two BMW M3s and a Mini Cooper 325is.

In October 2002, police failed to prosecute Mooki after he killed 30-year-old Mandla Sithole, of Soweto, while driving a BMW.

The incident happened on Saturday October 19 while Sithole was walking with a friend, Vusi Mkhasibe.

Police accepted a statement from the midfielder that he did not see Sithole before the accident.

According to Mooki's statement, Sithole had hidden himself between two trees on the traffic island before being hit by the car.

Mkhasibe has disputed Mooki's version of events.

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