6 officers die in head-on collision

2014-06-03 09:09

Five correctional services officers and a policeman were killed when their cars collided near the Rooigrond Correctional Centre in the North West, the justice and correctional services department has said.

“A car carrying five correctional officials had a head-on collision with a ... police car, leaving the six officials ... dead, five of them on the accident scene while the sixth was declared dead on arrival at hospital,” spokesperson Lawrence Ngoveni said today.

“The police car driver was alone and died on the spot alongside four correctional officials.”

The accident happened about 5km outside the Rooigrond Correctional Centre on the R501, near Mahikeng, at about 3pm yesterday.

Justice and Correctional Services Minister Michael Masutha said: “I am shocked and pained by this tragic accident. It has tragically cut short the lives of our correctional officials and a policeman, leaving their families grappling with this immense loss.

“We are left poorer as the criminal justice system as a whole because these officials together had given decades of invaluable experience in delivering correctional and security services to our people.”

Masutha said the security cluster sent its heartfelt condolences to the families of those who had died.

Correctional services acting national commissioner Nontsikelelo Jolingana said: “The correctional services family is joining the families of these officials in mourning their tragic loss.

“This has left Rooigrond and North West correctional officials devastated and asking questions that none of us can answer. We will do our best to support the families of the deceased officials, as well as their colleagues.”

Ngoveni said the names of those killed would be released once their next of kin had been informed.

Police are investigating.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.