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MANZINI - The legal fraternity has lost yet another of its own after the death of Attorney Bongumenzi Mkhonta.

This after he was involved in a horrific car accident at Nhlambeni on Saturday night. Mkhonta, who ran a law firm under the name Mkhonta Attorneys in Manzini, was involved in the accident at Ntozakhe, along Nhlambeni Road at around 7pm. According to sources, the deceased attorney was driving a Toyota Yaris when he reportedly lost control of it and it veered off the road and hit a wall fence.


The car was said to have then caught fire and was burnt beyond recognition. The sources revealed that he was with two passengers who were admitted to the Raleigh Fitkin Memorial (RFM) Hospital in Manzini. When drawn for comment, a close family member confirmed Mkhonta’s demise. However, he politely requested not to comment further as some family members were still not informed about his untimely passing. The legal practitioner’s death was confirmed by Royal Eswatini Police Service (REPS) Chief Police Information and Communications Officer, Phindile Vilakati, in a police report published yesterday. Vilakati revealed that on July 22, at 7pm, near Ntozakhe, the aforementioned vehicle driven by a 30-year-old man of Zombodze lost control, went off the roadway, overturned once and knocked against a wall fence. The police spokesperson disclosed that the driver sustained serious injuries and was rushed to RFM Hospital where he was certified dead upon arrival.

Mkhonta is one of four people who lost their lives this past weekend to fatal road accidents. A 35-year-old woman lost her life on Saturday, after being knocked down by a car which later fled the scene. The accident happened along the Mahhala/Mahlanya Public Road at Salt and Pepper. The woman is said to have sustained serious injuries and was rushed to RFM Hospital, where she was certified dead upon arrival. Another accident happened along the Ngogola/Mbadlane traffic circle after a Honda Fit driven by a 39-year-old man of Gebeni knocked a 23-year-old man of Mvembili.


The accused happened on Saturday at 3pm, as the pedestrian sustained serious injuries and was later rushed to Good Shepherd Hospital, where he was certified dead upon arrival. On Thursday, at 3:30pm near Luphikweni along MR6 Public Road, an Isuzu LDV driven by a 31-year-old from Moneni knocked a pedestrian. The 49-year-old man of Khuphuka sustained serious injuries on the head and right leg. Medics at Mkhuzweni Health Centre certified him dead on arrival. Meanwhile, there were 10 drink-driving cases reported over the past weekend.