Traffic vehicle in crash

2015-09-23 06:00
A NORTHERN CAPE PROVINCIAL TRAFFIC OFFICER crashed in the wall after reportedly hitting another vehicle in John Daka Road, Galeshewe, on Saturday night.  
Emile Hendricks

A NORTHERN CAPE PROVINCIAL TRAFFIC OFFICER crashed in the wall after reportedly hitting another vehicle in John Daka Road, Galeshewe, on Saturday night. Photo: Emile Hendricks

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THE case of the alleged drunk driver of a car, belonging to the provincial Traffic Department, who crashed into a fence in John Daka Road over the weekend still remains a mystery.

Residents of Katima Molelo were outraged at the lenient treatment given to the driver, who is believed to be a provincial traffic officer, by fellow traffic officers on Saturday night (19/09).

According to a resident, the marked car, a Nissan Tiida, first collided with another car at the nearby stop sign before it lost control and crashed into the fence.

The driver of the other car is alleged to have fled the scene in his car.

The driver, who is believed to be a traffic officer, reportedly got out of the vehicle and fled the scene but returned after a while, only to be picked up by another marked traffic vehicle.

“He was so drunk that he could not even stand still. I was the one who called the police, but the traffic officers arrived on the scene, put the driver inside their vehicle and left without taking a statement,” said the unhappy witness who refused to give his name and instead pointed out his nearby home.

“I hope the law takes its course in this case because the traffice officer is supposed to lead other road users by example. He cannot be allowed to get into another state vehicle if he is that reckless.”

According to the owner of another house, Tshidi Tshitlo (47), she was inside the house and did not see what happened.

The car only struck the fence and came to a halt, narrowly missing the shack that was build very close to the fence where Tshidi’s son, Tshepo was.

The airbag had already inflated and the windscreen on the passenger seat had a knock.

“I only heard the loud bang and ran outside. That is when I met my son who was also rushing out of the shack to investigate,” said Tshidi, who said she wanted her fence fixed.

“The driver, (whose name is known to Express Northern Cape), fled the scene but only returned just in time for the other traffic car to pick him up. That is when we saw who the driver was.”

Lt. Donald Mdhluli of the Galeshewe Police Station confirmed the incident of the collision with the fence and revealed that the 40-year-old driver of the vehicle was arrested on the scene and released.

According to Mdhluli, no injuries were reported and the matter is under investigation.

“It is alleged that a state vehicle, a Nissan Tiida, that was being driven by a 40-year-old man, crashed into a wall on Saturday, 19 September, at around 21:00 in John Daka Road.

“In relation to this matter, the police in Galeshewe are investigating a case of reckless and negligent driving, as well as a case of driving under the influence of alcohol,” he added.

“The suspect will be released pending the outcome of the blood tests.”

Keitumetse Moticoe of the Department of Transport, Safety and Liaison, confirmed the incident in which an official departmental vehicle was involved in an accident.

“We are yet to establish the cause of the accident. An internal disciplinary hearing will unfold, pending the outcome of the enquiry into the cause of the accident,” she stated after a media enquiry

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