Award-winning gospel musician Hlengiwe Mhlaba finds herself amidst controversy following accusations from a KwaZulu-Natal motorist, Siyabonga Msomi, who claims that the singer crashed into his car and refused to pay for the damages. The incident, which occurred on October 31 on the R74 between Estcourt and Mnambithi, has sparked a heated debate about accountability and celebrity conduct.
Msomi alleges that Mhlaba was driving at a high speed and without due caution, given the adverse weather conditions and the road’s heavy truck traffic. He recounts that upon noticing a cow in the middle of the road, he braked immediately, leading to Mhlaba’s vehicle colliding with his car’s rear bumper. Msomi suggests that the accident could have been avoided had Mhlaba maintained a safe following distance, allowing her to see the cow and react in time.
The aftermath of the collision was fraught with tension, as Msomi claims Mhlaba emerged from her car, blaming him for the incident and refusing to acknowledge her part in the accident. Despite Msomi’s attempts to reach an amicable resolution, including a request for an apology or compensation for the damages, Mhlaba has reportedly declined to offer either.
In her defense, Mhlaba has confirmed the accident but disputes Msomi’s account, denying the presence of a cow and asserting that Msomi stopped abruptly without cause. She contends that the responsibility for the accident lies with Msomi and has provided her personal details for insurance claims, despite Msomi not having car insurance.
The dispute raises questions about the responsibilities of individuals on the road, regardless of their public status. As the story unfolds, it serves as a reminder of the unpredictable nature of road travel and the importance of safety and accountability for all drivers.
This incident comes to light amidst various other news involving public figures and road incidents, highlighting the ongoing dialogue about celebrity influence and the legal and ethical obligations that come with it.