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Controversial former ambassador to Indonesia killed in car accident

By unknown | Oct 12, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Alex Matlala, Frank Maponya and Ido Lekota

Alex Matlala, Frank Maponya and Ido Lekota

Former South African ambassador to Indonesia Norman Mashabane has died in a car accident at the same spot four other people died at the weekend.

The car in which the four were travelling collided with a truck on Saturday.

Similarly, Mashabane's car collided with a truck on the same spot on Wednesday. One of last weekend's accident victims is fighting for his life at Polokwane Hospital.

This is also the same spot where Elvis Mavuso, the former senior manager of communications in the provincial department of public works, and Mashabane's homeboy, died in January this year.

Mashabane's last post was as a member of the Limpopo legislature.

He died a few kilometres outside Polokwane on his way back from Pretoria.

Mashabane's first wife was also killed in a car accident on the Phalaborwa-Gravelotte Road in 1996, while he was still MEC for local government and housing.

Two of his children also died in that accident along with their mother. Mashabane, who was with his family at the time of the accident, escaped with serious injuries to his body.

In the latest accident police say Mashabane, 51, was in the company of a young man, who was in his early 20s. The man is believed to be his son from a previous marriage. He also died in the accident.

At the time of his death Mashabane was married to current ANC provincial deputy secretary and MEC for local government and housing, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane. Police spokesman Inspector Lesiba Ramoshaba said the accident took place at a junction near the Meropa Casino and Entertainment World, about 6km south of Polokwane.

Ramoshaba said the two died on impact after the brown sedan in which they were travelling collided with a truck.

"The victims were certified dead by paramedics on arrival at the scene," adding that a culpable homicide case has been opened.

As if he had a premonition about his death, Mashabane got married a fortnight ago to Nkoana-Mashabane in a traditional cere-mony in Phalaborwa.

Meanwhile among many women and gender activists the late Mashabane will be remembered as a "sex pest". While posted in Indonesia, Mashabane was found guilty of 22 counts of sexual harassment between 2001 and 2003.

In 2001 six Indonesian woman laid charges of sexual harassment against him. Mashabane, who was found guilty during an internal hearing, appealed the verdict. In 2003 Lara Swart, a foreign affairs employee, laid another sexual harassment charge against him. He was again found guilty but once again appealed.

What will also remain indelible, especially in his victims' memories, will be the fact that his political career survived all these storms despite the charges levelled against him.

In 2004 Foreign Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma upheld his appeal against all the charges. Mashabane continued to work for the Foreign Affairs Department until his contract expired at the end of 2004.

He was then unemployed until last year when Limpopo Premier Sello Moloto threw him a lifeline, giving him the R500000-a-year political advisory position.

In December last year the Pretoria high court upheld the disciplinary hearings' verdict, saying Dlamini-Zuma should have fired him.

Earlier this year, he was appointed member of the Limpopo provincial legislature.


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