Cop held for alleged drunken driving

2011-12-24 22:35

Johannesburg - A policeman was arrested for alleged drinking and driving after an accident in Butterworth in which a teenager was killed, Eastern Cape police said on Saturday.

Captain Jackson Manatha said a sedan with six occupants collided head-on with a bakkie driven by the police constable.

A 16-year-old girl in the sedan died at the scene.

The other five passengers from the sedan were taken to hospital with serious injuries. Two occupants in the constable's bakkie were not hurt in the accident.

The constable was arrested for drunk driving. A case of culpable homicide has been opened.

  • Bob - 2011-12-24 22:54

    No hold on a second here! "A case of culpable homicide has been opened." Should this not be "A case of murder has been opened." Why is a drunk policeman given only a culpable homicide charge when others are getting murder charges for this type of offence involving road deaths where drunkenness or recklessness is concerned!

      Pulverturm - 2011-12-25 08:58

      A case of Culpable Homicide is routinely opened in the case of a road death, it is either then either dropped or prosecuted depending on the circumstances... they may decide to charge him with murder at a later stage...

      Itumeleng - 2011-12-25 18:45

      1st degree murder

  • Sean - 2011-12-25 02:26

    I have not got much to say about this onebas it is going to be predictable what is going to happen to this policeman. R100.00 bail, scot free in court'and resume job as nothing ever happened with all disregard to the girl who was killed and the other passengers in hospital with serious injuries. This policeman should be fired with immediate effect. Imagine having NA drunk policeman responding to a serious call-out.... who knows what would happen? The public put their trust in our policeman to serve and protect. The only thing this policeman tried to protect was his/her beer from spilling! What a disgrace for employing people like these in the first place. It seems that the recruitment is flawed or the government is desperate as usual. No one is above the law, especially this person who was caught intoxicated!

  • Roslyn - 2011-12-25 11:07

    Was this cop transfered from Douglasdale Police Station?

  • ludlowdj - 2011-12-25 11:48

    Another lovely law suit worth millions potentially against the state, all police officers by virtue of their duties are on duty 24 hours a day, therefore the minister of police is liable for any civil cases, people get hold of an attorney and start the ball rolling, it is only through an active campaign of accountability by the citizens of this country that government will ever be brought to heel, will you as a tax payer continue to live mediocre existences having forfeited all you rights or will you bring government to heel and charge it with its elected powers to obey and represent the people instead of trying to lord it over you?

  • Itumeleng - 2011-12-25 18:44

    and that is a law and order enforcer, how safe are we

  • Zion - 2011-12-26 17:00

    Anyone for a bet? 80% chance the docket will go missing. 70%chance the blood sample, if taken, will go missing. Cop will be sick on the day of the hearing. Wrong Identity of cop. Cop was elswewhere Cop has friends in cabinet. Cop has immaculate credentials.

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