News24 understands that the driver of the vehicle was killed. (Twitter, @Abramjee)
- One of Vice President David Mabuza’s bodyguards was killed in a car accident.
- He was in a backup vehicle in Mabuza’s caravan when the accident occurred.
- A blown tire appears to have caused the vehicle to roll over.
One of Vice President David Mabuza’s bodyguards was killed after Mabuza’s convoy was involved in an accident around 10:30 a.m. Sunday.
The caravan was carrying Mabuza from Mpumalanga to Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport at the time of the accident.
According to police spokesperson Colonel Athlenda Mathe, a tire blew out on one of the backup vehicles, causing the vehicle to roll over.
“Three members who were in the vehicle suffered serious injuries. One of these members was pronounced dead at the scene while the other two were transported to a nearby hospital for urgent medical attention,” Mathe said.
News24 understands that the driver of the vehicle was killed.
The SAPS employee health and welfare unit was notifying the families of the victims, it added.
The Commissioner of the National Police, General Fannie Masemola, sent his condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of the deceased member, and wished a speedy recovery to the injured members.
A manslaughter case has been registered at the Middelburg police station.
Mabuza’s car was not affected and he was not injured.
In June, Mabuza’s caravan was involved in an accident on the N1 at Midrand. He was not in either vehicle at the time.
Two of his bodyguards suffered minor injuries and were taken to hospital.
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