to suicide

2011-06-10 00:00

CONTROVERSY surrounds the handling of a culpable homicide case involving a Highflats police sergeant who reportedly shot and killed himself at his home on Tuesday morning.

Sergeant Bongani Chiliza (43) was allegedly drunk on Sunday when he lost control of his speeding car and ploughed into Thembile Mnqondo (42) and Bazamile Mkhize (33) who were waiting for a taxi.

Traffic officers from the Road Traffic Inspectorate (RTI) did a breathalyser test which showed that Chiliza was under the influence of alcohol.

They reportedly took him to a doctor for blood tests and released him.

A well-placed source at the KwaZulu-Natal RTI said Chiliza should have been charged with drunk driving and held in police custody.

“I can’t speak for the police, but there should have been a culpable homicide case against him …” said the source.

KZN police spokesperson Captain Thulani Zwane confirmed that Chiliza was not arrested but taken to a doctor for blood tests, charged with culpable homicide and released.

“Our understanding is that he was driving under the influence of alcohol and only the blood sample result will tell what the concentration was in his blood,” said Zwane yesterday.

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