/ 30 June 2009

Khumalo’s drunken-driving case postponed

Doctor Khumalo’s drunken-driving case was postponed by the Roodepoort Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday.

His lawyer, advocate Johan Pretorius, said he needed to inspect the ambulance in which his client was transported to hospital before cross-examining witness Makie Elizabeth Slater.

Slater had earlier told the court Khumalo smelt of alcohol and he could not sit or stand on his own at the scene of the accident.

The matter was put down for August 20, when the paramedics would bring the ambulance to court for inspection.

Pretorius also told the court he might be calling an expert on vehicle collisions, after the state has closed its case.

He also earlier told the court the former Bafana Bafana soccer player would deny he was drunk when he crashed his car.

Khumalo was on trial after he crashed his BMW into the back of a taxi on the N1 highway just before the Maraisburg off-ramp on May 4 2008, allegedly while drunk.

Three witnesses, including the driver of the taxi, had told the court that Khumalo was drunk at the time of the accident.

He had pleaded not guilty to the charges against him. — Sapa