Cop electrocuted in hostage drama
Johannesburg - An Ekurhuleni metro police officer was electrocuted during a hostage drama in Kempton Park on Thursday, Ekurhuleni metro police said.
Inspector Mveli Nhlapo, in his late 30s, was pursuing striking workers who had taken train passengers hostage, said Superintendent Vusi Mabanga.
He said strikers boarded a train in Tembisa just before noon and held passengers hostage. Police were alerted and waited for the train as it approached Kempton Park Station.
Mabanga said the strikers attempted to escape when the carriage doors opened as the train reached the station platform.
While police were in pursuit, Nhlapo was electrocuted.
"The circumstances of the electrocution are unknown at this stage. An investigation has been launched by SAPS and an inquest docket opened," he said.
Lieutenant Colonel Katlego Mogale said three men were arrested and charged with intimidation.
She said no other officers were hurt in the incident.