NELSPRUIT The Provincial Commissioner of the South African Police Service in Mpumalanga, Lieutenant General Mondli Zuma urged members of the service to be cautious when driving on the road, whether on or off duty.
General Zuma's pronouncement came in the wake of two more members having lost their lives on Saturday, 29 June 2019, bringing to six the number of officers who perished on the road in a short space of time.
In the latest incident, it is reported that Constables Portia Makhosazane Zwane and Mthokozisi Erick Nkosi both aged 27, working at the Mahamba Port Of Entry were travelling from Amsterdam, just about to join the N17 national road, between Ermelo and Oshoek, when their vehicle was hit by a truck travelling from Ermelo to Oshoek direction, as they were turning right onto the N17.
The bakkie they were travelling in landed in a nearby plantation from the impact. The passenger, Constable Zwane perished on the spot whilst Constable Nkosi who was the driver was taken by ambulance to hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries. A culpable homicide case was opened at Chrissismeer Police Station for investigation.
In the not so distant past, on 14 June 2019, Constable Orris Sabelo Ndhlovu, 34, attached to the Middelburg Flying Squad lost his life as a result of a motor vehicle collision which occurred on the R544 road between Emalahleni and Verena. He was travelling with his wife, two daughters and a relative, who all perished in the accident as well. Another member from Secunda Flying Squad, Sergeant Lucas Madiseng Morena, 44, met his untimely death on 08 June 2019, while travelling on his motor bike headed to Nelspruit to attend the Sun Riders MCC Rally. He collided with a truck on the N4 near Rolling Hills and died on the scene.
Earlier, on 12 May 2019, Constable Jane Thandi Ntuli, from Delmas Police Station, was killed in a tragic car accident. Ntuli, 36, who was eight months pregnant at the time was driving home from work on that fateful day on the R42 Bronkhorstspruit road when an unknown vehicle struck hers at the back after the driver apparently skipped a stop sign. She was airlifted to hospital with what seemed like life-threatening injuries, immediately after the crash. Doctors managed to deliver the baby on that evening but sadly, Ntuli succumbed to her injuries and passed on the day after, 13 May 2019.
General Zuma expressed that the sudden passing of all these members have left a void in the hearts of their families, the organisation as well as the communities they served. He also strongly urged members to always adhere to the rules of the road to prevent the unnecessary loss of life on the roads. General Zuma also passed his heartfelt condolences to the families of the two latest victims, Constables Zwane and Nkosi, on behalf of the SAPS Management and employees.
Source: South African Police Service