Johannesburg city mayor Mashaba says he’s ready to testify under oath over the killing of his friend, Solly Moutlana.
Moutlana was knocked over by a police-owned vehicle last month in Pretorius Street, Pretoria, while he was crossing the road. He later passed away from the injuries he sustained.
Mashaba maintained that he’s willing to speak out against the careless driver who wasted the life of the 59-year-old man in broad daylight. He added he was saddened by the fact that Solly died after he waited three hours to receive medical attention.
He was speaking on the sidelines of the Salvation Early Childhood Development Centre launch in Soweto on Wednesday.
Mayor Mashaba also insisted that his statement on Solly’s death was accurate, he, however, admitted that the only fact he got wrong was the name of the hospital where he was rushed to after the accident.
I have just received the terrible news that President Zuma's blue lights brigades killed a friend Solly Moutlana in Pretoria yesterday
— Herman Mashaba (@HermanMashaba) November 19, 2016
In his tweet, he also asked the Presidency to provide details of the presidential protection unit vehicle that allegedly killed his friend.
“It’s actually deeply worrying and painful to the family for the Presidency to deny this particular matter. I think it would really help the Presidency if they can provide details of the car that killed Solly…” he said.
Mashaba’s tweet was, however, shoved off by the presidency. The presidency also rebuked him for alleging that Solly was killed by a member of the Presidential Protection Unit.
The presidency, at that time, maintained that Mashaba’s alarm was totally untrue and misleading, revealing that Zuma wasn’t in Pretoria at the time of the incidence.
“The President was in East London on Friday to participate in the National Council of Province’s Taking Parliament to the People event, having traveled from Cape Town. From East London, he flew to KwaZulu-Natal province. He left Pretoria on Tuesday,” the presidency noted.
Meanwhile, the police has confirmed that the man responsible for the incident is being investigated for a culpable homicide. We promise to keep you updated as events unfold.