Bakkie drives over dead man in street

2018-06-21 06:01
The scene in Ralarala Street, Greenfields, on Sunday evening.                                         PHOTO: velani ludidi

The scene in Ralarala Street, Greenfields, on Sunday evening. PHOTO: velani ludidi

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A man in his 40s was fatally stabbed during an alleged altercation in Greenfields, Lwandle, on Sunday evening.

The man died in Ralarala Street.

Eyewitness Khethokuhle Ngqeleni told City Vision she saw the man coming from a neighbouring street.

“He was bleeding and fell to the ground,” Ngqeleni recalled.

“I am not sure which house he came from. It was raining at the time, so we could not follow up to check for clues.”

Lwandle police were called to the scene and, upon arrival, the officers covered the body and cordoned off the scene.

As authorities and onlookers, including City Vision, waited for the pathologists to collect the body, another horrific incident struck when the driver of a bakkie drove through the police barrier line and over the body.

The bystanders screamed in an attempt to alert the driver, while the police officers also tried to stop him.

But their efforts were in vain.

“How could [the driver] do this to a dead person?” asked Vumeka Manqindi.

“The police should allow us to sort him out ourselves.”

The driver, a Somali national, claimed he did not see the scene or body. “It’s raining and I could not see. Please forgive me,” he pleaded.

“The police can arrest me, I don’t mind.”

Officers noted the details of the driver, but did not arrest him.

This did not sit well with some residents, who wanted to assault the driver.

“How could they let him go? They can charge him with reckless and negligent driving,” an irate resident said.

The victim’s body lay in the rain for four hours before the pathology van arrived.

The identity of the victim is unknown. Some residents claimed the man lived alone.

Provincial police spokersperson Captain FC van Wyk confirmed that the murder is under investigation, adding that no arrests have yet been made.

“This office can confirm that the incident occurred and statements were obtained,” Van Wyk said.

“The driver of the vehicle was not arrested. This matter will be discussed with the prosecutor.”

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