Cops burn to death after alleged drunk driver crashes into vehicle

2015-06-17 12:45
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Johannesburg - Two police officers burnt to death after an alleged drunk driver crashed into their official vehicle in Roodepoort, Gauteng police said on Wednesday.

Lieutenant Colonel Lungelo Dlamini said Elias Thabo Dibete, 34, Constable Thulasizwe Skhahla, 38, and Constable Lesiba Chris Thubakgale, 34, were in the car on Ontdekkers Road at around 01:00 on Tuesday when the accident happened.

"After the accident, a police vehicle, a Mazda sedan, caught fire and two members [Dibete and Skhahla] burned beyond recognition," he said.

"A third member [Thubakgale]...  was thrown out the vehicle and was assisted by a tow-truck driver and he was airlifted to the hospital in a serious condition. The members were on duty and on routine patrol when the accident occurred."

The driver of the other car is expected to appear in the Roodepoort Magistrate's Court on Wednesday on charges of drunken driving and culpable homicide.

National police commissioner General Riah Phiyega visited the trio's station and spoke to the officers on duty.

"She also visited the next-of-kin of the deceased members and promised them they will receive the necessary help from the service in order to bury their loved ones with the dignity they deserve," Dlamini said.

The officers' station commander Brigadier Thandiswa Kupiso said police management were shocked by the accident.

"[It] has robbed the community of Roodepoort of members who have been delivering services to their best ability," Kupiso said.

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