Former soccer star wants to be paid for crashed BMW
Bafana Bafana assistant coach and retired football star Arthur Zwane has filed a lawsuit against a Boksburg security company that forced his luxury vehicle into early retirement after a horrific car accident.
Zwane, Amakhosi’s MultiChoice Diski Challenge squad leader, is demanding nearly half a million rand in damages from AAA Alarms Armed Response.
It’s alleged that the company’s vehicle, which was driven by its employee, Gibson Madzhivhandela, crashed into his BMW and damaged it beyond repair on November 26 2016.
According to papers filed by Zwane’s lawyer, Christopher Kgope Attorneys, in Joburg High Court earlier this month, the former footie was driving his German vehicle near the intersection of Great North and Fifth Avenue in Northmead, Benoni, in Gauteng when the collision occurred.
Zwane said Madzhivhandela was negligent and caused the collision because he was speeding and driving on the wrong side of the road.
Madzhivhandela also disregarde the road tra¥c sign, skipped a red light and was inconsiderate of other motorists.
“He failed to aord right of way to other road users, more in particular [the plaintiff. He executed a turn when it was inopportune for him to do so and
he drove into the intersection when it was inopportune for him to do so,” read the papers.
“As result of the collision, the plaintiff’s motor vehicle was damaged beyond repair. As result of the collision, the plaintiff suffered damages in
the sum of R499 230.72, which amount represents the market value of the plaintiff’ s motor vehicle.”
Zwane further argued that the security company and not Madzhivhandela, was liable for the damages as the latter was on duty when the accident happened and the vehicle belonged to the company.
Zwane said he filed a lawsuit after learning the company was dribbling him regarding payment.
“Despite demand, [the defendant has failed, refused and/or neglected to pay the said amount,” read the papers.
A woman, who only identified herself as Miss Venter, said they referred the matter to their insurance broker, who is working on the case.
“This is not a newspaper matter, it is a private matter between the company and the person you’re referring to. Nobody refused to do anything, he was not neglected,” said Venter, refusing to disclose her first name and her position in the company.
Kgope confirmed that he filed papers on behalf of the footie. “We have not received any notice of motion to defend the matter,” he said.
Zwane declined to comment.
By Ngwako Malatji