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Police still looking for clues as to cause of death

By unknown | Sep 06, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Simon Nare

Simon Nare

Police are ploughing through clues as they try to unravel what could have led to the tragic death of soccer maestro Gift Leremi in a car crash on Monday night.

The Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder died on Kliprivierberg Road in Ekurhuleni after he lost control of his car. The 3-Series BMW hit an embankment and rolled several times.

He was flung out and his body was found 36m from where the mangled car came to a halt.

Ekurhuleni Metro police spokesman Jimmy Maboko said Leremi might have encountered a "serious" obstruction that forced him to swerve.

"There are a number of possibilities. It could have been a serious obstruction in the form of a car he was trying to avoid or it could have been a pedestrian," Maboko said.

He ruled out a punctured tyre, saying the car would in that instance have rolled immediately.

"The way it rolled is an indication that he was driving very fast. When a car loses control while speeding it accelerates automatically," he said.

He said Leremi might also have fallen asleep at the wheel.

Police are struggling to unravel the mystery because there are no witnesses and Leremi was alone in the car.

Traffic officers who arrived on the scene found an empty tablet container and a traffic fine inside the wrecked car. Both carried his name.

Maboko could not say when the traffic fine was issued or the name of the tablets inscribed on the container. The items have been handed to the police for further investigations.

Police spokesman Captain Jethro Mtshali said a case of culpable homicide was being investigated.

"We are probing all possibilities. We have to check whether the car was in a good condition and other things," he said. Mtshali said police would not divulge more information "for now".

Meanwhile, family spokesman Linda Molotsi said a memorial service would be held on Friday at avenue still to be annonced.

Leremi is expected to be buried on Monday if arrangements are completed, he said.

Molotsi dismissed a Sowetan report about a split between Leremi's maternal and paternal families over his burial.

Leremi's grandmother, Miriam Matsemela, on Tuesday threatened to stop his father from burying him.

"My grandson will not be buried by the Leremis. He will be buried by the Matsemelas," she said.

But Molotsi said both families were united in their grief. The two families met yesterday and apparently resolved the matter.


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