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Jabu Mahlangu charged with fleeing accident scene

The Ekurhuleni Metro Police Department (EMPD) have confirmed that former Kaizer Chiefs star Jabu Mahlangu has been charged with fleeing the scene of a crash.

Mahlangu, who is already charged with negligent and reckless driving, was involved in an accident in Benoni on Saturday morning.  

Kirstie Haslam, a director at DSC Attorneys, a firm that specialises in road accident claims, once stated that a charge of fleeing the scene of an accident holds a maximum sentence of nine years’ imprisonment or a fine of R180,000.

TimesLive reported that Mahlangu, driving a BMW 4 series with a female passenger, crashed onto a minibus taxi with two people in the taxi badly injured and 11 sustaining minor ones.

EMPD spokesperson Lt-Col Kelebogile Thepa stated that Mahlangu was “not at the scene” when EMPD and emergency services personnel got to the accident scene. “It has further been established that he was not even part of all those injured and who needed to be transferred to hospital,” added Theta as quoted by TimesLive.

“So, an inference can then be drawn that, in the absence of any of the following, he would have fled the scene and then that is a criminal offence.”

Theta added: “A case docket has been registered with the Benoni SA Police Service (SAPS). As of now, we do confirm that there are two charges brought against him, one being the reckless and negligent driving and the other being fleeing the scene of the accident.

“But what has been alleged that he is somewhere admitted to a hospital. He doesn’t even form part of the people who were injured.

“There is a legal duty that when a person is involved in an accident, that they stop immediately and ascertain the nature of injuries and call the relevant people; the Metro Police or ambulances should there be a need.

“Reasons for leaving the scene would have to be established [for someone to be charged for it]. If he left there in his private capacity to flee the scene, then that is defeating the ends of justice. If it’s for the purpose of medical attention, then such is justifiable,” concluded Theta.

Marweshe Attorneys, the company that represents Mahlangu, said they are unaware of any case opened against Mahlangu.

“We do not know what they are talking about when they say he ‘fled’. That’s a dangerous narrative as Jabu was in the hospital with some of the injured people from the other vehicle,” said Tony Mathe of Marweshe Attorneys. “We will have to wait to hear from the police regarding the case, but until then, we cannot comment on it.”

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