Sundowns star Madisha's family waits for DNA results to establish identity of driver in horror car crash

Mninawa Ntloko Digital sports editor
The late Mamelodi Sundowns defender Motjeka Madisha.
The late Mamelodi Sundowns defender Motjeka Madisha.
Image: Philip Maeta/Gallo Images

Mamelodi Sundowns have announced that the family of defender Motjeka “Ace” Madisha met with pathologists on Monday to establish if the person who died in a horrific car crash while behind the wheel of the vehicle in Kempton Park in the early hours of Sunday morning was indeed their son.

The 25-year-old from Ga-Madisha village in Zebediela in Limpopo died when the vehicle he was travelling in crashed into a steel pole in wet conditions and burst into flames near Kempton Park.

The accident happened just after midnight and Madisha’s sports car caught fire on Zuurfontein road near Sundowns' training base in Chloorkop.

It is not clear whether Madisha was driving the vehicle at the time of the accident as one person was thrown out while the other one was trapped inside the burning car.

The passenger who was ejected from the vehicle also suffered burn wounds.

"The nature of the horrific car crash that took place on the Zuurfontein Road near Chloorkop requires that all processes be followed by the necessary authorities with relevant expertise to confirm the identity of the driver," said Sundowns.

"The Madisha family requests privacy and the relevant protocols be followed during this difficult period of uncertainty.

"Mamelodi Sundowns will communicate further details after consultation with the Madisha family once the DNA test results have been released."

Rescuers told TimesLIVE on Sunday that the vehicle was engulfed in a ball of fire when they arrived at the scene.

"On arrival [at the scene] the vehicle was still burning‚ but we managed to contain the blaze and extinguished it‚" City of Ekurhuleni disaster and emergency management services spokesman William Ntladi said.

"And then following information that there was still somebody trapped inside [the vehicle]‚ we then did search and rescue [but] could not distinguish whether it was a male or female inside‚ given the state of the body inside the vehicle.

"There was another person lying outside next to the vehicle‚ [who] also sustained critical burn wounds on the upper body.

"These two occupants [found] at the scene were declared dead by paramedics."

Sundowns have faced immense criticism since Sunday as they have not sent an official statement acknowledging or confirming Madisha's death.