Newcastle deputy mayor crashes car into house

Reuben Molelekoa crashed his vehicle into a house after midnight on Wednesday, allegedly while drunk. Courtesy #DStv403

DURBAN – Reuben Molelekoa has only been in office for two weeks, but already Newcastle’s deputy mayor is in deep trouble.

Molelekoa crashed his vehicle into a house after midnight on Wednesday, allegedly while drunk.

“A vehicle, a Jeep, collided with two houses in Osizweni, it’s the neighbours, in one the houses a 31-year-old man, was injured on the head and rushed to the hospital, in ICU,” said police spokesperson Thembeka Mbele. Molelekoa is believed to be the driver of the Jeep.

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He was appointed just two weeks ago.

But how could Molelekoa have lost control of the SUV in a residential area?

“They discovered that he was drunk and was driving the vehicle drunk and then a case of drunken driving as well as reckless and negligent driving causing injuries has been opened for investigation so there is a procedure that is followed in drunken driving cases,” Mbele said.

KwaZulu-Natal’s Cooperative Governance MEC Sipho Hlomuka is calling for an investigation into the incident.

However, Hlomuka also says it would be premature to jump to conclusions.