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Gauteng traffic officer died after being hit by a taxi on the R551

Gauteng traffic officer died after being hit by a taxi on the R551

A Gauteng traffic officer who was conducting a roadside checkpoint on the R551 on Wednesday was hit by a taxi and later died in hospital.

HE DIED AT THE HOSPITAL DUE TO CRITICAL INJURIES SUSTAINED DURING THE ACCIDENT

According to the MEC for Community Safety in Gauteng spokesperson Pinkie Numa reports from the scene indicate that the taxi was in the queue approaching the operational area.

The roadside checkpoint was aimed at enforcing road safety, checking the fitness of drivers and roadworthiness of vehicles.

“The taxi driver allegedly failed to slow down when approaching the roadside checkpoint area due to brake failure. The taxi driver is reported to have tried to swerve into the left shoulder to avoid other stationary vehicles that were on the queue, then pulled back on the road and crashed into the officer.”

Numa said the Gauteng Traffic Police officers rushed the injured officer, officer Moses Nose Mathebula to the Naledi-Nkanyezi Private Hospital to receive medical attention, but he lost his life at the hospital due to critical injuries sustained during the accident.

The driver was arrested and detained at the De Deur police station in Sedibeng district and will face charges relating to reckless and negligent driving, possession of an unroadworthy vehicle, and culpable homicide.

The Gauteng MEC for Community Safety, Faith Mazibuko, said she is saddened by the passing away of traffic officer Mathebula.

Officer Mathebula was deployed at the Vereeniging Regional office.

“It is heartbreaking that a Gauteng Traffic Police Officer lost his life in the line of duty, due to negligent and reckless driving and the use of an unroadworthy vehicle by a taxi driver. Officer Mathebula paid the ultimate price in a tragic accident while trying to ensure the safety of Gauteng road users. His selfless service must continue to inspire all law enforcement officers to continue doing their jobs with diligence and commitment” said MEC Mazibuko.

“We are appealing to all road users, including public transport users, to assist law enforcement to enforce road safety measures by reporting reckless and negligent driving and unroadworthy vehicles on our roads. I would also like to appeal to taxi owners to ensure that their vehicles are roadworthy upon embarking on trips.” added MEC Mazibuko.

The MEC has conveyed her heartfelt condolences to officer Mathebula family, friends, and colleagues within the law enforcement fraternity. Meanwhile, the Gauteng Department of Community Safety will, through Ikhaya Lethemba Victim Empowerment, provide psycho-social support to the family of the officer during these difficult times.

Road traffic violations, which include reckless and negligent driving, unroadworthy vehicles, and driving under the influence of alcohol, can be reported on the Road Traffic Management Corporation’s (RTMC) control room line 011 266 2088 or via Whatsapp on 083 293 7989.


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