Epileptic driver a metro cop

2012-08-14 12:00

Johannesburg - The motorist who killed a baby and injured his mother and siblings when he had an epileptic fit in Soweto, is a metro police officer, it was reported on Tuesday.

Six-month-old Tshiamo Letsholo died while on the back of his mother Sylvia, who had been on her way to the SA Social Security Agency to re-enrol as a beneficiary.

Her son Oratile, 5, who is reportedly deaf and mute, her daughter, Mmathapelo, 17, and her niece Utlwanang were injured.

Johannesburg emergency services spokesperson Senock Matoboko told The Star the officer allegedly crashed a Volkswagen Golf into a wall on the same road last year while having an epileptic fit.

Johannesburg metro police spokesperson Edna Mamonyane said the officer had been on his way to work in his own car at the time of the accident in Meadowlands on Monday.

"At the moment we cannot confirm what made him lose control of the vehicle, but the story is that he had an epileptic episode," she told The Star.

"If he does have a condition, he did not disclose it to us. It would be dangerous to put someone on the road with epilepsy, especially because we don't know the severity of the condition."

  • Gavin - 2012-08-14 12:38

    RIP little one.

      ann.murray.9279 - 2012-08-14 13:30

      To the best of my knowledge, people who have a pre-disposition to illnesses of this sort are not supposed to be driving. So what went wrong?

  • wynand.bothma - 2012-08-14 12:40

    So sad! Most of us have no idea what hardship is :(

  • kala.bafazi - 2012-08-14 12:45

    The officer crashed his car into a wall last year whilst having an epeleptic episode and the authorities then claim they did not know he had epilepsy!!!!! He no doubt carries a fire arm too. Wake up!!!!!

  • John - 2012-08-14 13:23

    Irresponsible stupid low life thug along with his irresponsible policy enforcing thug employers must be sued for damages and charged with culpable homicide. His negligence was the cause of these deaths!

      ann.murray.9279 - 2012-08-14 13:31

      Agreed John! Condolences for this senseless loss of life due to pure stupidity!

  • hendrik.schutte.3152 - 2012-08-14 16:29

    The JMPD employ so many criminals without even bothring to check their criminal record this does not come as a surprise that they "put someone like this on the road".

  • sonofoldman - 2012-08-14 16:42

    It is strange he has had 2 seizures in a year whilst driving and they don't know anything about his illness, his managers should send him for medical review to determine how long has being suffering with seizures. Supposedly he lied when completing his application for work??his licence should be suspended for life before he kills another innocent person

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