Controversial former MEC Butana Komphela faces three-years imprisonment

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The people’s favourite MEC back in the days, Butana Komphela crashed into a motor vehicle crash which killed Samuel Manyova in 2019, and now chickens are coming home to roost for the embattled Komphela.

Butana, who is elder the brother of Mamelodi Sundowns co-coach Steve Komphela’s is sentenced to three years behind bars, after court’s ruling.

Former Free State Police, Roads and Transport MEC, has been sentenced to three years imprisonment which has been suspended for five years.

The Brandfort Magistrate’s Court ruled that Komphela was found guilty of the charges, and the court declared this as a culpable homicide.

While handing down the judgement, state prosecutor, Mpoti Chalale, said: “According to the accident scene expert, the contributing cause to the accident can only be a human error because the vehicle did not have a mechanical fault and the road was in a good condition.

“It was Mr Komphela who was driving at the speed of about 150km per hour in an 80km/h zone when he swerved into oncoming traffic.

“The accused is a former MEC who was responsible for roads in the province and he knows that road is a high-accident zone.

“There is no way the sun could have made it impossible for him to see other vehicles because the accident happened at around 14h00,” said Chalale.


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