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'Drunk' cop smashes into cars

2010-12-29 08:21

Pietermaritzburg - A senior policeman is under investigation for allegedly going on a wild car-smashing spree while driving a state vehicle, possibly under the influence of alcohol, on Monday evening.

The police officer, whose name has not been released, is attached to the public order policing unit in Oribi, Pietermaritzburg.

He was allegedly driving the wrong way along Coronation Road, a one-way street near the Scottsville shopping centre, at about 20:00.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Vincent Mdunge said the officer, a captain, had been authorised to use the vehicle before the accident.

Investigation

“He smashed [several] vehicles before he fled from the scene. We have opened a criminal investigation against the officer and are also conducting an internal inquiry to establish who was driving the car,” said Mdunge.

Lethiwe Goge, 26, she said she was driving away from the shopping centre when a police double cab bakkie drove towards her and struck her vehicle, damaging it badly. She said she saw the police bakkie hitting two other vehicles before it sped away.

“I did not see how many people were in the police van because everything happened too fast,” said Goge.

The University of KwaZulu-Natal finance student said her 1992 VW Jetta 2, which was later taken to a scrapyard, was her only means of travel between her Sweetwaters home and the university.

“Since I’m the student I could not afford insurance for the car, and now I don’t know who is going to repair it,” said Goge.

Drove off

Johannesburg resident Belinda Smith, who was in the city for Christmas, was driving along King Edward Avenue when the police bakkie struck her VW Jetta 5 at the intersection of Coronation Road and King Edward Avenue.

“I first thought, ‘Oh please Lord, tell me that’s not me,’ and then I looked in the rear-view mirror and saw a police vehicle reversing and driving off at a speed.”

Smith said she was astonished to see the police Nissan Hardbody drive the wrong way down Coronation Road, colliding with another vehicle and knocking it off the road before it sped away.

She took down the registration number, BRW 617 B, and noticed the driver was wearing police uniform.

“One witness said it seemed that the driver was drunk, but we couldn’t prove it.”

She said her car’s bumper was damaged. Her children were in the car.

Line-up

She said she was initially asked to identify the driver in a line-up, but the police changed their minds and said the procedure would have to wait until the appropriate time.

“At first I thought maybe he [the police officer] was rushing to the scene of an accident or a crime, but when he banged into the second car, I realised something was wrong.”

Mdunge said the police are not aware that the officer was drunk. He said the owners of the damaged vehicles will have to claim from their own insurance, which in turn will claim from the state’s insurers


 

Comments
  • Daniel - 2010-12-29 08:30

    clearly he had something against VW Jetta?

      gmck21 - 2010-12-29 08:43

      WAS just thinking that!

      MP3 - 2010-12-29 08:51

      was thinking the same thing :)

      Michael - 2010-12-29 08:56

      U cudn't have said more...C'mon officer, I got a lot of them in my neighbourhood - come smash them all!

      cancer1983 - 2010-12-29 09:42

      My thoughts exactly!

  • Shaun - 2010-12-29 08:32

    no mention of breatherliser tests or being arrested. I think this will be swept under the carpet and those affected by it will be sent on a wild goose chase.

      April - 2010-12-29 08:43

      Agree

      Jvs2527 - 2010-12-29 08:47

      No no, he will undergo pshyc treatment and will be put on paid sick leave for six months on account of work stress

      Bryan - 2010-12-29 12:38

      Jvs, you forgot to mention that after treatment he will be relocated to another police department with promotion as an office-based policeman because he has a possible substance abuse problem and may not drive state vehicles.

      Jvs2527 - 2010-12-30 13:20

      @Bryan, LOL. And 2 months down the line we'll see his picture in the newspaper where he sits sleeping behind his desk

  • Jvs2527 - 2010-12-29 08:33

    Ai ai en daarmee kry die hele polisie korps weer 'n slegte naam agv een poephol

      Zion - 2010-12-29 09:07

      Jvs, It is unfair to blaqme the whole force but on the other hand we must bear in mind that the crime committed by cops runs into huge figures. That very pleasant cop by the roadside giving friendly instructions seem to be a minority. If you only read NEWS 24 daily you will see cop-crime by the dozen

      Bryan - 2010-12-29 12:42

      I think Jvs2527 means that it only takes a few people to give an organisation a bad name, all police are definitely not bad.

      Jvs2527 - 2010-12-30 13:23

      Yep, it's sad that a case like this changes peoples perceptions easily

      FrankLee - 2010-12-31 08:34

      Wel in hierdie geval moet ons vra hoekom die res van die polisie mag die slegte ouens beskerm? AS HULLE hom onmiddelik uitlewer en aan die lig bring kan ons hulle nie beskuldig nie. Maar dit gaan nie gebeur nie so nou MOET ons the hele mag deur die modder sleep.

  • Saambou - 2010-12-29 08:39

    eish! This is what I pay my tax for.. I am so glad they are using it wisely.

  • My News24@24.com - 2010-12-29 08:40

    He should be named & shamed and barred from working in any state institution. Not to mention charged for fleeing the accident scene(s).

      freeflyshannon - 2010-12-29 20:27

      Agree, agree and agree. Justice served. Why NOT mention his name? Why hide his identity?

  • Willie - 2010-12-29 08:41

    Look there they go again, "Dont know if he was drunk" Obviously this scum we call Police is going to cover for each other. a Captain doing something like this and then the state got the audacity to tell the poor VICTIMS the repairs is their own problem, first of all a Captain is a high ranking officer, Now thats the kinda police we have looking over us. I think the state should immediately pay for all the damages, and what about the student, exactly the way South Africa is, dont worry about the students, thats why theres dumb shits like J.Malema in parliament. This is a disgrace to government and then they go and disgrace themselves further by being a bunch of criminals

      Michael - 2010-12-29 08:59

      point of correction, Willie...There is no J.Malema in parliament!!!

      kgb123 - 2010-12-29 09:11

      Michael Good thing you pointed that out as i was also wondering which malema is this.

      gburger2254 - 2010-12-29 09:18

      Dis wat jy dink Michael,hoekom het hy dan vip beskerming gehad?Viva sa se volgende prez

      THE PUNISHER - 2010-12-29 09:43

      The piece of shit will be in parliament soon, that's if he doesn't die of some kinda disease before that

      Willie - 2010-12-29 10:52

      Not in parliament... Sorry my mistake, Wonder why he then calls all the shots. Exactly my point this country is so corrupt, being part of the ANC automatically makes you part of parliament, nevertheless you all will soon understand.

      freeflyshannon - 2010-12-29 20:29

      Malema is a political diversion while the ANC *%&$ the rest of the country.

  • di - 2010-12-29 08:41

    The police department should be made to pay irrespective of whether the owners of the vehicles had insurance or not!

      d54 - 2010-12-29 08:52

      "He said the owners of the damaged vehicles will have to claim from their own insurance". Bullshit. Why involve your insurance when there is no fault on your side and lose any no claim bonus? I know the system. Claim direct, including all costs involved in the claim.

      Freakfloyd - 2010-12-29 08:56

      Agree, di, not their fault a stupid drunk cop can get away with destoying everything, and everyone's lives

      LuCypher - 2010-12-29 09:52

      From a legal point of view, the vehicle owners can - and should - sue the SAPS for damages including compensation for shock and distress. If these incompetents at the SAPS continue to allege the the driver was NOT drunk, then it can be considered an aggravating factor and act in the plaintiff's favour. I hope they choose aggressive attorneys to pursue their claims.

  • Blackpride - 2010-12-29 08:46

    Yep, another example of our useless police force and our inability to police the police

      rapatla - 2010-12-29 10:35

      Please....How dare you say that? you are very poisonous..or you are drunk more than that one stupid cop who nearly gives the good cops a bad name.

      topdog - 2010-12-29 10:47

      Correction Blackpride, remember the commissioner said he was bringing the police force and personnaly i think they behave better than this old police officers as they are proffessional at good at what they do.

  • Goose - 2010-12-29 08:48

    No mention is made of whether the "captain" was tested for alcohol or drugs?? I fear the new South Africa is much, much worse than the "old" South Africa.

      daaivark - 2010-12-29 09:05

      You'll be leaving then?

      supporter - 2010-12-29 09:20

      he won't be tested. he is a police officer and above the law. laws are for us, the innocent south africans and not for the police force. i trust that his victoms will press charges against the police force and this so-called captain

      Billyboy - 2010-12-29 09:52

      Don't keep comparing the old corrupt regime with the current one. Lets just fix what we have and can. You cant go back, only forward

  • Wow! - 2010-12-29 08:58

    "Mdunge said the police are not aware that the officer was drunk". That being so, is Mdunge aware of why the driver of the police vehicle purposely targeted fellow motorists? Is he aware that the guy drove away from teh scene of an accident? Does he care? Fu!!!k Moron.

  • Bullit@24.com - 2010-12-29 09:07

    You can bet your bottom dollar that nothing will happen to him - his mates will make it dissappear - like magic - does he even have a drivers lisence

      Mundu - 2010-12-30 00:42

      Yep and it will cost big bucks of tax payer money to prove he was not drunk.

  • GVA - 2010-12-29 09:07

    Wonder if there where any sheep involved?

      Nonbeliever - 2010-12-29 10:19

      Nope. They're all in hiding after Oz lost the Ashes.

  • hendrik.pretorius5 - 2010-12-29 09:20

    Unlike most African countries I have been to South Africa does not have law requiring compulsary car insurance. Too many drivers are let loose in cheap cars who claim they do not have money for insurance and the onus then falls on one self to pay the excess that will never be recovered. It is a shame!!!!!!! The drunk cop..... well somebody will just steal the docket and he will continue on his way.

      Brieuse - 2010-12-29 09:30

      That is true, all cars should at least have 3rd party insurance in my opinion. It's not very expensive either. The student is able to sue the state insurer for the damage, regardless whether she has insurance or not. As for this "drunk" cop, he needs to be fired, and then arrested like any other ordinary citizen.

  • OBZERVER - 2010-12-29 09:25

    I suppose if I was a cop... I'd bribe some other cops to make a problem like this go away. Also, do you think this would have happened if the cop's holidays over the festive season didn't get canceled? I do believe that something is wrong when the cops run away from the cops and actually get away with it!

  • pvdb777 - 2010-12-29 09:29

    I think it is pathetic that the SAPS is covering up acts like these. Everything in the story tells me the SAPS is not dedicated to root out evel in their midst.

  • BigAl - 2010-12-29 09:29

    How much did it cost and how much manpower did it require for all the vehicle checks being done over the festive season. Then you get the feed back of how many drunk drivers, speeding drivers, how many unroadworthy vehicles and how much bad driving. THEN you get this idiot “A police Captain of all people” driving like this. In my opinion there are three kinds of bad drivers, in order of the worse first. Taxi drivers. Police drivers. The rest of the idiots (mostly middle aged white bakkie drivers without a minuet to live) These really are my true observations and findings. Or did I get this all-wrong???? Was it a police demonstration on bad driving??? Perhaps a new police strategy of knocking out the opposition??? Or was it just a stunt driver entertaining the Christmas crowds??? I know; it was a body shop trying to get extra work for the New Year. All jokes aside, thank God no one got hurt or even killed.

      squeegeepilot - 2010-12-29 09:52

      "All jokes aside,..." What jokes? Did these comments really seem funny to you when you wrote them? Idiot!

      Nonbeliever - 2010-12-29 10:23

      You need to get a sense of humour to replace your sense of humus.

      poosthuizen29 - 2010-12-29 10:40

      Het jy 'n probleem met wit bakkies of wit drywers in bakkies

      Dee011@24.com - 2010-12-29 12:30

      wtf is wrong with you! do you think that the kids in teh car thought it was a joke?do you think the written off car of the student is a joke? lets hope she is laughing all te way to campus!!!!

      Bryan - 2010-12-29 12:54

      You must be careful poosthuizen29, you have read of all the Jettas that were destroyed in this article. Your "wit bakkie" may be next to be targeted by a drunk police captain. :)

  • THE PUNISHER - 2010-12-29 09:40

    Natuurlik sal die polisie nie bewus wees van die dronkgat nie. Hulle is nooit bewus van enigiets nie, wat nog van n gesuipte poot

  • Darrell - 2010-12-29 09:46

    so typical the police force is a joke no1 can rely on them for anything because they are so corrupt. that police man broke the law more than once in those incidents, he(they) should loose their badges and be let go from the police force. a police man is meant to obey the law so that they can set a good example.

  • wickwolf.lve - 2010-12-29 09:47

    Why must we get such a bad reflection from an Officer who is supposed to be an example for our Junior members? I am a dedicated cop for more than 20 years and struggling to get promotion. I want to do the right thing always to ensure that we can set the right example in my community. I can ensure that I will go to the end of the earth to ensure that another member of the SAPS will not get away with ANY Illegal act in my policing precicnt. "I have arrested a few members (even so-called officers) in the past and I will keep on doing it.... If only we will be able to rid the SAPS of this bad image that we have received from these so-called members that are in the SAPS only for their own gain and not for rendering an unselfish service to our clients - the Community that we are suppose to serve.

      BigAl - 2010-12-29 10:35

      Thanks you have made my day - keep up the good work - we all need your kind for sure.

      rapatla - 2010-12-29 10:45

      I agree with you 100%.....Just dont like your tone.There is no such "so-called officers". Your promotion might be decided by your attitude not your altitude.Anyway ..good job for helping to root out corruption in the police force.Keep it up. PS:Attitude

      poosthuizen29 - 2010-12-29 10:51

      Unfortunately competent personnel is only a hand full but in-competency is the whole country full, hang in there brother it will get a whole lot worse before it will get better.

  • JudithNkwe - 2010-12-29 09:58

    High time that 3rd party fire and theft cover was brought back! However, this SAP Capt needs firing immediately and charging with leaving the scene of many accidents as well as reckless and negligent driving. Come on KZN do to the SAP offenders what you are doing to civilian offenders

      OuBoerseun - 2010-12-29 10:41

      Third Party and Theft cover is available, just ask any insurer and they will provide the cover against payment of the premium. This is substantially cheaper than comprehensive cover. I wonder what the dear student would do if she was to cause an accident, would she claim that it was a plot against her or would she claim a lack of funds for the reason not to pay. Imagine if it was a car costing R1 million rand or so, she would be working for the other guys insurer for the rest of her life. I am of the opinion that if a person has no insurance for their vehicle they should be charged with criminal negligence.

  • Thangy - 2010-12-29 09:58

    This cop just scored himself a six month holiday with full pay!!

  • maseratifitt - 2010-12-29 10:20

    We all know that the streets are crime ridden. The SAPS is on a drive to clear the streets. The officer could not have been travelling in the wrong direction, as SAPS is on the right track. Cele said so himself. The road itself must be heading the wrong way. And what were all those Jetta's doing there anyway?

  • BigAl - 2010-12-29 10:21

    squeegeepilot --- you are the idiot, I make jokes yes and this sick country is a joke. If we did not laugh we would cry and all die. Make a comment on the story or shut you mouth all together. I can say what I like idiot or not.

      squeegeepilot - 2010-12-29 18:05

      Al, Al Al. The point was that your "jokes" were in no way funny. Say something funny and I'll laugh with you not at you....

  • BigAl - 2010-12-29 10:25

    wickwolf.lve THANK YOU - YOU HAVE MADE MY DAY. Keep up the good fight, LONG LIVE THE HONEST COP.

  • Anton - 2010-12-29 10:36

    another useless previously disadvantaged/currently advantaged piece of shit in the police force

      martruss - 2010-12-29 12:03

      Was the race of the officer mentioned in any of the reports or are you just assuming that it was a previously disadvantage person

      freeflyshannon - 2010-12-29 20:45

      If it was a WHITE senior officer you can be assured that his name WOULD have been mentioned.Take the wool out your eyes,martruss. The mere fact that they didn't mention his name AND that they offered to do a line-up for the victim...and then "changed their minds and said the procedure would have to wait until the appropriate time" should directly point to 'previously disadvantaged'. When is the 'appropriate' time? What was wrong with doing it right there and then? Smacks of corruption and bias to me...another famous trait of the 'previously disadvantaged' WAKE up and smell the roses....

  • Deon - 2010-12-29 10:36

    Do you people not know that SAP members and traffic officers are above the law. I see these law enforcers driving without seatbelts and talking on cellphones on a daily basis. Maybe it is time that citizens take pictures of these transgressions and mail it to PIGSPOTTER

  • maseratifitt - 2010-12-29 10:36

    This is called stimulating the economy. Suddenly there is more work for panelbeaters, spares salesmen, second hand car dealers, insurance brokers, lawyers,prosecutors, spin doctors,journalists,taxi operators etc.

  • paul.duplessis - 2010-12-29 10:40

    This sort of behaviour is criminal. We don't need criminals in police uniforms or vehicles. Come on Cele, put your money where your mouth is. Don't only suspend and dismiss, but also charge criminally... and let's see a righteous result.

  • HAggardGnome - 2010-12-29 11:36

    Throw the book at the prick!

  • Danny - 2010-12-29 11:53

    The person authorised to use the vehicle must be charged. It's too late to confirm whether the driver was drunk or not; he knows the loopholes and that's why he fled the scene. He and the state can be sued for damages.

  • v3 - 2010-12-29 12:32

    Of course he was not drunk. He was MacBriddled.

  • Jim - 2010-12-29 12:58

    These are our so called proctors. We pay them to protect us with our hard earned tax money and this is what they do. "Bloody Agents" Who is going to pay for all these damages on top of it. He should be fired.

  • Richard - 2010-12-29 13:33

    This poor police officer was really rushing to the scene of an accident.... in fact many, according to the article, this accounts for his being in such a hurry, bravely fighting his way through the wreckage........[waiting for the appropriate time : means when he has lost some flexibility and able to stand up . Normally only a few days. MOTORISTS BEWARE YOU WERE WARNED OF ZERO TOLERANCE...!

      maseratifitt - 2010-12-29 19:38

      The newspapers always get it wrong. This officer deserves a bonus. He arrived at the scene of the accident in no time at all, and when he saw that there were no injuries, he rushed back to his station to take on his next challenging assignment.

      D - 2010-12-31 10:14

      haha! "he rushed back to his station to take on his next challenging assignment." brilliant

  • KaiinSA - 2010-12-29 17:22

    I am surprised that the police station he is from is conducting the investigation. Why not have like in the UK where if an alligation against the police force (should it be force or farce) or an officer then this is investigated by a different police force say this was KZN then Western Cape or Gauteng would do the investigation. OK it is never going to stamp out cover ups but it might go some way.

      freeflyshannon - 2010-12-29 20:50

      Nice idea but it would never work in SA. It is WAYYYY too difficult for SAPS branches to operate internally by themselves without having to operate together- countrywide. Holy S^&t, could you imagine the backlogs and papertrails - as if they weren't long enough already. :)

  • chickenman - 2010-12-29 23:47

    The police are sadly very corrupt, they are as useless as Ray's tennants that are too stupid to get into the rental house. I wonder if Rays son (20 cent) should have joined the police. He is as dumb as a bag of rocks, and as lazy as sin. It reminds me of one day when Pete ate too much,and was tossing logs for the next 6 days. His bowel is famous in these parts. A bunny chow????? did you know it references people from India? It does, Jerome told me. And now, Ray's truck is having trouble?????? things are bad with him.....who cares about the dumb cop having too many drinks......Let him reign terror on the Jetta's Peace.

  • VAM - 2010-12-30 11:03

    Not so fast, B.Cele will attend judiciously to this accident. No need to include ANC, racism,etc lets wait for investigation to unfold, please! VMA

  • VAM - 2010-12-30 11:04

    Not so fast, B.Cele will attend judiciously to this accident. No need to include ANC, racism,etc lets wait for investigation to unfold, please! VMA

  • pieterdutoit47 - 2010-12-31 01:05

    This guy had a smashing time!

  • ParaBat1 - 2011-04-11 13:35

    KZN Capital of the VDUB.

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