NEW evidence suggests that kwaito star Mandoza was not the driver of a Mini Cooper that crashed into a palm tree in Weltevreden Park on the West Rand at the weekend.
"Apparently, when the first tow truck driver arrived on the scene, they found Mandoza injured and bleeding in the back seat of the car," said Johannesburg metro police spokesperson Inspector Edna Mamonyane.
"So there's a possibility he was not alone in that car.
"At the back of the car there were two sharp wires that were sticking out and he had a long cut on his forehead, (suggesting) that (Mandoza) could have been cut by the wires. There was not even one drop of blood in the front of the car ... definitely, there were other occupants in the car," Mamonyane said.
The cut to the forehead could not have been caused by the steering wheel and the windscreen did not break during the accident, she added.
Mamonyane said the metro police officer on the scene phoned the owner of the car, who identified himself as Bob to journalists, and told him to visit the crash scene.
Mamonyane said the owner of the car was not cooperating with the police.
"He was supposed to open a case against Mandoza because he claims he had taken the car without his knowledge. He has not done that and his phone is constantly on voice mail.
"He was also supposed to take the police to the complex where he lives so that they could determine who was the driver when the car left (from the security)," she said.
"He (the owner) never showed any shock at the accident. When he got to the scene he was reeking of alcohol," Mamonyane said.
While the metro officer waited at the accident scene for the owner to arrive, Mandoza was taken to hospital in an ambulance.
Mamonyane said once the officer had cleared the crash scene, he went to Helen Joseph Hospital to interview Mandoza, whose real name is Mduduzi Tshabalala.
The officer reported that Mandoza did not smell of alcohol but that he was very confused and did not know where he was.
"The officer went to the doctor ... he (Mandoza) had not even the slightest fume of alcohol. "
No tests were ordered to check if drugs or alcohol were in Mandoza's system.
Mamonyane said by the time the officer arrived at the hospital, it was too late to do the tests. He was late because he was waiting for the owner of the Mini to arrive at the crash scene and give permission to have the car towed away.
A case of reckless and negligent driving has been opened.
Mandoza was found guilty of culpable homicide after a crash in March 2008 on the N1 North highway in which two people were killed.
He pleaded guilty in December 2008 and was given a suspended sentence of three years and nine months.