TBEN understands that the driver of the vehicle has died. (Twitter, @Abramjee)
- One of Deputy President David Mabuza’s bodyguards has been killed in a car accident.
- He was in a spare car in the Mabuza motorcade when the accident occurred.
- A burst tire appears to have flipped the car over.
One of Deputy President David Mabuza’s bodyguards died around 10:30 a.m. on Sunday after Mabuza’s convoy was involved in an accident.
The motorcade was transporting Mabuza from Mpumalanga to Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport at the time of the accident.
According to police spokesman Colonel Athlenda Mathe, a tire on one of the reversing vehicles burst, causing the vehicle to overturn.
“Three members who were in the vehicle sustained 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,” said Mathe.
TBEN understands that the driver of the vehicle has died.
The SAPS health and welfare unit notified the victims’ families, she added.
Corps Commissioner General Fannie Masemola sent his condolences to the deceased member’s family, friends and colleagues and wished the injured members a speedy recovery.
A culpable homicide has been reported at the Middelburg police station.
Mabuza’s car was not hit and he is unharmed.
In June, the Mabuza motorcade was involved in an accident on the N1 in Midrand. He was not in any of the vehicles at the time.
Two of his bodyguards suffered minor injuries and were taken to hospital.
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