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Simba crash: Driver charged with negligence

JMPD confirmed a driver of a VW Polo involved in Simba Mhere’s accident will be charged with reckless driving.

South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC)'s Top Billing presenters Simba Mhere and Jonathan Boynton-Lee. Picture: Facebook.
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JOHANNESBURG – South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC)’s Top Billing presenter Simba Mhere has died in a car accident in the early hours of this morning.

The Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) has confirmed that Mhere was travelling on William Nicol Road near the N1 when he collided with a VW Polo and a Mazda.

The JMPD have confirmed that the driver of the VW Polo will be charged with reckless driving and culpable homicide.

The metro police's Edna Mamonyane describes what happened.

“The Polo offramped from the N1 and crossed over the middle island then collided with Simba’s Mitsubishi, which he was driving, and another passenger died as well.”

It’s reported the late presenter was on his way to OR Tambo International Airport to board a flight to the J&B Met taking place in Cape Town today.

A friend who was travelling with him was also killed while Mhere's father who was also in the vehicle survived.

He joined Top Billing in 2010 after winning the presenter search.

This year, the charismatic presenter, was expected to be part of the judging panel in search for new talent for the SABC 3 show.

His bosses say his presence always commanded respectful attention and his smile never failed to put everyone around him at ease.

Meanwhile, the public has responded to the news with sadness and shock on social media platform, Twitter:   

The SABC is expected to release a statement soon.

PICTURES OF THE ACCIDENT SCENE

Arrive Alive has tweeted pictures of the accident scene:

(Edited by Refilwe Pitjeng)

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