Taxi driver flees after fatal crash with Cape Town traffic officer

2016-03-08 12:23
Mogamat Faried Galant. (Supplied by City of Cape Town)

Mogamat Faried Galant. (Supplied by City of Cape Town)

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Cape Town – A minibus taxi driver is on the run after he crashed into a Cape Town traffic officer's car on Jakes Gerwel Drive on Tuesday morning, killing him, an official said.

The driver apparently lost control around 07:30 and veered into oncoming traffic before crashing into Mogamat Faried Galant’s vehicle, said City of Cape Town safety and security mayoral committee member JP Smith.

Galant, 35, had been driving towards the Hillstar traffic department. He was declared dead on the scene. Four cars were involved in a secondary collision.

The City was offering a R50 000 reward for information that would lead to the driver's arrest and conviction.

"We are shocked and saddened by the death of yet another of our members. Our thoughts and prayers are with Officer Galant’s wife and his three children, as well as the extended family," Smith said.

The City would provide them with counselling and other support.

Galant started his career with the city’s metro police department before moving over to the Swartland municipality.

He recently joined the city’s traffic service.

Smith said the officer would be buried on Tuesday afternoon in accordance with Muslim rites.

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