Former minister’s car crashes in joy ride


MASVINGO – Former Youth Development, Indigenisation and Empowerment deputy minister Tongai Matutu’s car has been declared a write-off after his nephew, intending to impress a girlfriend, took it for a joyride and smashed it into a tree.


The car, an Audi A6, is estimated to cost $50 000.

Matutu said the accident occurred on Tuesday morning, when his nephew wanted to visit his girlfriend and tried to impress her showing he lived “in the fast lane”.

“I had tasked (my nephew) to wash the car, but he then stole the car to see his girlfriend. He crashed into a tree,” he said. “The car is a write-off.”

The accident occurred on Tuesday morning on Carry Street in the plush Rhone low density-suburb of Masvingo around 7.30am.

Matutu said he was shocked to hear that his car had crashed.

“I got a phone call, but I was surprised because my nephew cannot drive,” he said.

“I checked the car in the garage and found it gone. I had never seen him attempt even to start the car’s engine.”

The nephew sustained minor injuries.