Speeding Mandela junior beats rap

By Time of article published Sep 29, 2011

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OMPHITLHETSE MOOKI

NELSON Mandela’s grandson Zondwa yesterday got off with a slap on the wrist for exceeding the speed limit by 92km/h – an offence that should have cost him his licence.

According to the amended National Road Traffic Act, those exceeding the speed limit by 30km/h or more in urban areas should have their licences suspended.

But the 28-year-old director of the embattled Aurora Mine drove off from the Randburg Magistrate’s Court yesterday, still in possession of his driving licence – despite being caught driving at 158km/h in a 60km/h zone on May 7.

Magistrate Hombakazi Thwele provisionally withdrew the reckless and negligent driving charge, pending the finalisation of a diversion programme he has undertaken to partake in. It was impossible to establish the nature of the programme as the docket, a public document, was kept locked in a clerk’s office, with a woman known only as Edith refusing to produce it as she was “in a hurry to get somewhere”.

If Mandela successfully completes the diversion programme, which could be a form of community service, charges against him will be withdrawn permanently.

Two days after the 75th birthday of his grandmother, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, the man paced court corridors yesterday, his thumb glued to his phone. The May 7 incident on Beyers Naudé Drive came just a month after a road safety scholarship was launched in memory of Zondwa’s niece Zenani, who died in a car crash last year.

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