Former World Boxing Organisation (WBO) Africa Middleweight champion, Wilberforce ‘Black Mamba’ Shihepo, has strongly denied allegations that he was behind the wheel when his metallic grey Jaguar was involved in a fatal accident that claimed the lives of two people in October last year.
Opening up for the first time to the media about the accident, Shihepo told the Windhoek Observer in an exclusive interview this week that he is innocent of the charges leveled against him after the road crash that resulted in the death of 54-year-old Likius Petrus and a six-year-old Toivo Linda Teopoline Nhiguyoonda.
The crash occurred about 30 km south of Okahandja.
According to reports, Shihepo fled the scene of the accident before he handed over himself to the Okahandja police the next day.
Narrating events before the fatal crash, Shihepo, who is currently out on N$7,000 bail, claimed that he was at a local bar in Otjiwarongo having fun with friends, when an unknown person took the keys of his Jaguar and drove away.
“I was not involved in any accident last year. What happened is that my car keys disappeared when I went to the toilet before I was about to go back to Windhoek. I then quickly went to the police station in Otjiwarongo to report a stolen car only for the police to tell me 20 minutes later that the car had been involved in an accident,” Shihepo claimed.
“After the report, the police told me to go home as they were still searching for the person that was driving my car.”
Shihepo accused the media of having a hidden agenda against him by insisting that he was behind the wheel of the doomed Jaguar on the fateful evening.
“If I was the one driving then why did I go to report my missing car? Some people have a hidden agenda against me. The media in Europe could have reported differently through investigations, but here, the media just tries to destroy athletes.”
This is not the first time that Shihepo has been involved or linked to an accident.
In 2013, his BMW sedan overturned between Okahandja and Otjiwarongo, but the boxer survived the crash without any injury.
He is set to make another appearance at the Okahandja Magistrates’ Court next month.
Shihepo faces five charges, namely culpable homicide, failure to ascertain the nature and extent of injuries sustained by a person after an accident, failure to render assistance to injured person(s) after an accident, failure to ascertain the extent of damage after an accident and operating an unroadworthy vehicle.