Ephraim Molingoana is claiming 300,000 rand from the Ministry of Justice and Correctional Services. Photo: Ephraim Molingoana/Instagram


Iconic fashion designer Ephraim Molingoana is seeking R300,000 from the Department of Justice and Corrections for damages he suffered after an on-duty bus driver, allegedly under the influence of alcohol, jumped a red light and crashed into his new car.

Molingoana applied for a stay in the Johannesburg High Court this month, citing that his attempts to get department officials to acknowledge the incident fell on deaf ears.

According to his court application, which City Press has seen, the car crash that resulted in the destruction of his brand new Mercedes-Benz happened at an intersection in Sebokeng near Vanderbijlpark, south of Johannesburg, in October of Last year.

Court documents further show that the bus was driven by a corrections officer identified as Sipho Tsotetsi, who is employed at Groenpunt prison in Sasolburg and is named as the second defendant.

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“He failed to properly control the motor vehicle/bus when with due diligence he could and should have done so. He entered the red robot control intersection when it was not safe or unsafe to do so… when it was inappropriate to do so… he drove the motor vehicle/bus when he was under the influence of alcohol. He failed to enforce the motor vehicle/bus breaks on time; he disregarded the plaintiff’s right of way. He failed to give due consideration to the existence of the plaintiff during the controlled interaction…” read his papers.

The newspapers further alluded to the fact that Tsotetsi did not even warn Molingoana that he was going to enter the intersection, albeit illegally.

Molingoana also mentioned:

You can imagine being without a car for over a year. It’s not good for my business, but the police told me they were waiting for the blood test results. I didn’t know it would take more than a year. There is also no sign of the investigator since the case was opened, no updates, nothing, and every time I go to the station he is never there.

“As a result of the collision and the aforementioned conduct of the second defendant, plaintiff’s motor vehicle was damaged beyond economic repair. Due to negligent driving and damage to the plaintiff’s motor vehicle, the plaintiff suffered damages in the amount of R300,000,” the newspapers read.

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Molingoana told City Press that the incident had a negative impact on his life as it affected his ability to do business.

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Corrections spokesman Singabakho Nxumalo said he would refer the City Press investigation to their internal legal department. No survey responses were received prior to publication.

Molingoana owns the prestigious fashion house Ephymol, founded in 2002. It is located in Sandton. Her clothes have graced South African Fashion Week for over a decade.