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Charges reduced for Mandela granddaughter crash driver

Published on 06/09/2011

The driver of the car that crashed and killed a great-grandchild of Nelson Mandela last year will face a lesser charge of culpable homicide instead of murder, the prosecution said Tuesday.

“The murder and attempted murder were preliminary charges, and upon further assessment of the evidence, prosecutors finally decided on culpable homicide, reckless and/or negligent driving and driving under the influence of alcohol,” prosecution spokesman Mthunzi Mhaga told AFP.

Sizwe Mankazana was driving the car that flipped over and killed 13-year-old Zenani Mandela as she returned from a pre-World Cup concert last year.

Mankazana, 23, is the son of Zwelakhe Mankazana, the partner of Mandela’s daughter Zenani Mandela-Dlamini.

The case has been repeatedly delayed. Mankazana is next due to appear in the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court on October 24.

Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s first black president, is increasingly frail at 93. He missed the opening ceremony for the first World Cup held on African soil so that he could mourn Zenani’s death, but briefly attended the closing.