Court clears driver in Zenani Mandela's death

Former South African President Nelson Mandela leaves after attending the memorial service of his...

Former South African President Nelson Mandela leaves after attending the memorial service of his great-granddaughter Zenani Mandela at the St Stithians College Chapel in Sandton, north of Johannesburg, in this June 17, 2010 file photo. (REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko/Files)

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The driver charged in the crash that killed Nelson Mandela's great-granddaughter Zenani Mandela has been found not guilty in a South African court.

Sizwe Mankazana, 25, was acquitted of reckless driving, driving under the influence of alcohol and culpable homicide, his lawyer told the BBC.

His lawyer called the crash a "freak accident" in a country with a notorious road safety reputation. There is an average of 42 deaths every day on roads in South Africa.

Mankazana was driving the 13-year-old girl home from a World Cup kickoff concert in Soweto on June 11, 2010, when the car hit a steel barrier.

Zenani was one of Nelson Mandela's nine great-grandchildren. The elder Mandela battled apartheid for decades and became South Africa's first black president.

 


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