Soccer legend and former Warriors captain Peter Ndlovu yesterday appeared at the Victoria Falls Magistrates’ Court facing charges of culpable homicide following the death of his elder brother, Adam Ndlovu (42), and a female passenger, Nomqhele Tshili (24), in a horrific car accident in the resort town in December last year.
Report by Richard Muponde
Peter (39) — who was elegantly dressed in a black suit, white shirt and a matching tie, but with sandals — walked with a slight limp into the dock when his name was called by Victoria Falls area prosecutor Namatai Ngwasha.
Ndlovu was supposed to be tried yesterday, but the matter was postponed to March 23 after his lawyer, Harrison Nkomo, sent a fax to the prosecution that he was unable to attend court.
Nkomo said he was seized with another case at the Harare High Court and could not make it to the resort town to defend his client.
Victoria Falls resident magistrate Archibald Dingana upheld the State’s application for postponement of the trial after a fax from Nkomo was tendered to him.
Ndlovu was not asked to plead to one count of culpable homicide and was remanded out of custody on his own cognisance.
Charges against him are that on December 16 last year, Ndlovu was driving his BMW X5 registered as Nuddy GP. Ndlovu allegedly failed to negotiate a curve at the 417km peg near Lupinyu business centre in Victoria Falls.
He allegedly lost control of the vehicle and it veered off the road, killing Tshili on the spot, while Adam died on the way to Victoria Falls Hospital.
Ndlovu is accused of failing to take proper control of the vehicle and to stop when an accident seemed imminent resulting in the crash.
After the court appearance, Ndlovu, who was recently appointed Traffic Safety Council of Zimbabwe ambassador, went straight to launch a traffic awareness campaign at Baobab Primary School in the resort town.
He implored drivers and pedestrians to observe traffic rules to avert road carnage in the country.
“I, for one, was very interested in talking on my cellphone when driving, but from now onwards I won’t do it,” Ndlovu said.
“It’s bad. It leads to horrific crashes and loss of lives.”