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Cop crashes car, commits suicide

2011-05-02 17:39

Johannesburg - A Roodepoort, Johannesburg policeman committed suicide after crashing his car into a lamppost, Beeld newspaper reported on Monday.

The constable, whose name and age had not been released, crashed an unmarked police car into a lamppost on the R41 between Johannesburg and Randfontein around 05:00 on Saturday.

Captain Jacob Roboroko could not say what the cause of the accident was, only that it would form part of the investigation.

The officer then went to his commanding officer's house in Kagiso extension 11 outside Krugersdorp to report the accident. While they were speaking, the constable drew his firearm and shot himself in the head.

Comments
  • Bill - 2011-05-02 17:52

    Another Policeman off the rails!

      freedom - 2011-05-02 17:55

      most of them are,would love to know the details

      Rod - 2011-05-03 08:49

      There is no Physochological help for these guys like in the USA...SAD

  • Boitshepo - 2011-05-02 18:01

    Typical SA cop, they are just soo full of anger if they dont harass the public the idiots kills their partners and themselves and then Cele thinks they need REFRESHER COURSE like hell they do...

  • incrediblesolv - 2011-05-02 18:04

    This shows the pressure and lack of training on how to handle this kind of pressure. There is no compulsory assessment or assistance, the poor guy must have needed help and just not gotten understanding from his CO, I want to know what the C.O was doing to cause this behaviour.

  • Bryan - 2011-05-02 18:09

    All these negative comments are without warrant unless you know the background and circumstances. No-one knows what the Officer was going through emotionally, it could be job related, family related or both. So don't be a wise-ass if you could have ended up in a similar situation. All so quick to judge... like retards (first three responses).

      Boitshepo - 2011-05-02 18:41

      Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem and we all know that shame poor cops have temp. problems a whole lot of them thus they take it out on innocent ppl well we all have problems dear and we dnt go around panel beating ppl for the sake of it

      Bryan - 2011-05-02 19:29

      Boittshepo : I take it you knew the man then, so you're making a qualified statement? Do you know for a fact that he panel beated people is that just another assumption about a man you have no knowledge about?

      Boitshepo - 2011-05-02 20:21

      bryan yes as a matter of FACT i know him he was as corrupt as they come anything else u'll like to know dear?

      cathy eksteen - 2011-05-02 22:55

      Boitshepo, you're very disrespectful toward deceased people.. Wonder how you'd feel if it were your family. tsk tsk tsk

  • whitehawk1 - 2011-05-02 18:34

    What can I say. Every day another story. ( days of our lives) Wait for next episode.

  • chantal de pierres - 2011-05-02 18:49

    So sad that a grown man should feel so helpless that he would take his own life over something that could be resolved.

  • FFS - 2011-05-02 18:50

    At least he won't be murdering his wife and kids or some innocent women sitting outside the police station.

  • onetickie - 2011-05-02 20:44

    Unfortunately when I read this my immediate assumption is that he is a black policeman who was probably drunk when driving. If I am wrong I am prepared to apolgize.

      cathy eksteen - 2011-05-02 22:57

      And what makes you take it to race now? That's just lame, it's a person no matter what colour..

      Lovely - 2011-05-03 08:14

      This is uncalled for. whether he is black or white. This man was someone's son, father, husband or friend.

  • giguthrie2 - 2011-05-02 23:09

    the police have a hard job in this country, i wont do it.its no wonder they go home and kill there faimly, seen all the crime they see is enough to drive anybody nuts,its a real shame:(

  • Misan Thrope - 2011-05-03 01:12

    Poor guy. RIP. I don't know how any policeman or policewoman stays sane with the kind of stuff they see and experience every day. I'm quite sure the inner turmoil and overwhelming emotional fallout leads to suicide. Being a policeman in SA must be one of the most stressful and dangerous jobs in the world - secondly only to farming in South Africa.

  • Rika - 2011-05-03 07:53

    ja nee kyk sulke dinge gebeur mos as sekere mense by poste geplaas word waar hulle nie behoort nie, daar is hoeveel "polisie" wat opgelei is???? so ek is 100% seker sekere mense kan nie die stres hanteer nie!

  • DandyLion - 2011-05-03 10:26

    Police should also undergo strict personality and psychological assessments before they are admitted to the force. A lot of kids dream of growing up to be police because the roles of police are glamourised in TV shows like CSI and Law&Order when in reality it is nothing like that. You have to have thick skin to withstand a murder or accident or such...

  • Mighty_Whitey - 2011-05-03 10:45

    perhaps if we had proper trained and well paid Policeman with good Psychological counseling it would help. I called the police to shut up a rowdy neighbor and were surprised to see them in 20 minutes. ANC stop wasting money on cars and parties.

  • reini32@24.com - 2011-05-03 10:46

    This is very Sad indeed. Most police officers are under so much pressure and the violence they see every day in enough to drive anyone to suicide! (I know there are bad apples in the police force but the majority are trying to uhold the law)

  • Barry - 2011-05-03 16:46

    These are extremely stressful jobs. You should see at all our rehabs how those places are of the men who protect us.Some become alcoholics druggies etc etc. Spare a thought for them and pray for our cops.

  • Monica - 2011-05-09 17:58

    One less cop yahoooooo.

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