High-speed crash cop identified

2013-01-11 20:14

Johannesburg - A policeman who died in an alleged high speed chase in Johannesburg has been identified as Constable Goodman Lubisi, Gauteng police said on Friday.

Lubisi, 31, was based at the Sandton police station, police spokesperson Lungelo Dlamini said.

He was reportedly killed when a motorist raced away while two policemen were searching an Audi R8 for drugs on Rivonia Road in Sandown, in the early hours of Thursday.

When they found a small amount of dagga, the driver apparently sped off with Lubisi still inside the car.

Other officer gave chase in a police van.

"The Audi driver lost control in Rosebank and hit a tree, a wall and a light pole," Dlamini said.

The driver was also killed. The Star named him as Areff Haffejee.

On Friday, The Star quoted an eyewitness, who was driving on the same road, as saying: "I don't buy that story that this was a cop kidnapped by a drug dealer.

"I looked that guy [the policeman] in the eyes shortly before he died and he was very relaxed in the passenger seat.

"He had his elbow resting out the window, his seat was rolled back a bit and he was chilling," the witness, identified only as Sly, told the newspaper.

He said it did not look like the police van was chasing the Audi.

Its siren and its blue lights were not switched on.

Dlamini said the reports would form part of police investigations.

  • chris.hanekom.52 - 2013-01-11 20:21

    On the way to an ATM for some bribe money ?........

      johan.jacobs.5680 - 2013-01-11 20:28

      Another Bees Roux story?

      Erna - 2013-01-11 21:13

      @hanif - unfortunately happenings in this country make us suspicious and cynical.

      sally.lewitt - 2013-01-11 21:59

      Touche.. Know someone very close to me that the exact same thing happened.. So, been there, got the T-shirt. Luckily my nearest and dearest survived.. Welcome to the new SA, different strokes for different folks

      arie.vdplaats - 2013-01-12 12:25

      So been there, done it all, got the T-shirt. What is new?

  • dave.elmore.5 - 2013-01-11 20:27

    The car hit a tree, a wall, a light pole...3 hits, 3 pieces of car left over, must have been doing some speed there

  • suspekt33 - 2013-01-11 20:58

    The Incident...

  • joesty214 - 2013-01-11 21:02

    May their souls R.I.P. But there is something fishy here. I will be judgemental here, i believe the eyewitness, investigation or not.

      xhanti.gatyeni - 2013-01-14 06:47

      You believe the eyewitness based on what exactly?

  • Sean Wasserman - 2013-01-11 21:22

    Have the cops in the police vehicle been suspended pending the outcome of the investigation?

  • gregory.jurgens - 2013-01-11 21:23

    Let see the other police officer pass a lie detector test.

      sally.lewitt - 2013-01-11 22:03

      Dream on Greg, docket will go 'a-wall'

      phoenix.px.5 - 2013-01-11 23:24


  • TheReal.EuanB - 2013-01-11 21:37

    Isnt there enuf crime out there 2 keep the popo busy than for the 2 go on joy rides... Then get killed on the way... 10 2 1 they were gona smoke that weed afterwards and larf abt going 220km/h on public roads. This rat stinks bad...

      marcia.greune - 2013-01-12 06:22


  • karl.vanrooyen - 2013-01-11 21:44

    I keep an old sock with R5 coins. Plenty of . Saves driving to an atm . The system is rotten run by rotters

      tony.vanniekerk.35 - 2013-01-12 13:16

      By keeping those coins you are part of the problem. Bribers only exist if people pay bribes.

      xhanti.gatyeni - 2013-01-14 06:52

      @tony, I don't know which world you live in, it seems your head is in the clouds...

  • sikhumbuzok - 2013-01-11 21:46

    this obviously case of cops taking bribe money. nothing to do with drugs. probably guy in R8 was drunk. it is extortion. Its happening throughout the country.

      sally.lewitt - 2013-01-11 22:01

      Found a small amount of dagga = Planted!

  • suerita.fortuin - 2013-01-11 23:10

    jaaaa ne!

  • chris.summers.3954 - 2013-01-12 00:07

    Supposed eyewitness account on below link: Police protocol wasn't followed, two cops will struggle to search an R8 at the same time with the driver in his seat considering the size of the interior, and to be honest, I doubt that someone who can afford a 2 Bar car will give a hoot about a small amount dagga in the car considering the calibre of lawyer he can afford, plus the limited penalties imposed on this in the first place (less than drunken driving). The cops haven't looked at any CCTV footage in the area whatsoever, eye witnesses paint a completely different picture than claimed in the article, and I am convinced it's just JMPD doing what they do best, corrupt dealings, asking for bribes and every other trick in the book. As per usual.

      zemole.lemole - 2013-01-12 01:13

      It's a joyride gone wrong im afraid.

  • steveroodt - 2013-01-12 01:05

    Standard procedure Keys out of ignition driver out of car then search .mmmmmmmmmmmm

      arthur.salvado - 2013-01-12 07:25

      Quite right but not if you want to go to an ATM. Go figure !!!

  • gregory.hill.984 - 2013-01-12 06:32

    And this police officer did not think to pull out his gun and threaten to shoot the suspect if he didnt stop? He didn't think to pull up the handbrake? A small bag of daga was found, no mention of a gun, so the officer was obviously not held at gun point. You would think a trained lawman would be able to over power a driver who needs to hands on the wheel.......

  • arthur.salvado - 2013-01-12 07:23

    The policemen is likely to have been armed. A man is driving a car and a armed policemen just sits there ? Was the gun out of the holster at the time of the accident/death. It's smells of corruption . A van with no siren or blue lights is chasing a supercar ? mmmmm something not quite right here guys. Pity about the deaths though .

  • judith.taylor.56 - 2013-01-12 07:49

    He was one of my Sector policing team and will be sorely missed

  • wiseman.moholi - 2013-01-12 07:51

    Very strange incident! I think its a bribery deal that went wrong. I smell corruption here. Lock the van driver up NPA pls!

  • bruce.richards.5245 - 2013-01-12 08:34

    Audi R8 versus Toyota Bakkie? 1 city block and the bakkie will not even see the Audi. Police should come up with some more plausible explanation for the disaster.

      njabulo.njbl - 2013-01-12 13:02

      One city block? More like car length and the R8 is gone

  • godesha - 2013-01-12 09:39

    I guess we will never hear the true story of what went down, but I do not think the version that the SAPS is giving is the true one.

  • tim.mthimkhulu - 2013-01-12 13:32

    and then what is this?

  • veldt66 - 2013-01-12 16:03

    A very strange story while on Holidays in S.A in December we got lost in Hillbrow area & got stopped by Cops in a Van , they told me i was driving on one way street & instructed me to drive behind them towards the Zoolake area of Johannesburg. When we reached Zoolake i showed them the live video feed in the car & they quickly let us go. Im working on uploading the footage on youtube.

  • nettie.potgieter.5 - 2013-01-12 19:49

    It smell like the Bees Roux case unfortunatly the driver did not live to tell the truth. But in SA the victim become the murderer.

  • ali.makhadzi - 2013-01-13 00:13

    I just hope the part whr every1 is questioning how the van can chase an R8 aint going to lead the police comissioner to release another luxury fast cars dealership tender.

  • mikhail.morkel - 2013-01-13 01:53

    oxford road accident the holes in the police account of events ..... 1) found him with small amount of dagga -( saying he was drug baron because he drove a R8) - partner of deceased was at scene and repeatedly asked for the dagga to be shown to him which was not done. 2) an armed cop hijacked by an unarmed driver 3) witness at scene says police was seatbelted 4) which police van can keep up with an R8 for 7km 5) police acted totally contrary to normal protocol 6) eyewitness account and cctv footage totally contrary to police report. and for all you people out there who are envious of a 36 year old owning an R8 - and thus assuming that he had to be a drug baron - I know him personally and now without a shadow of doubt that he was not. He was one of the best souls I new and loved - he gave to the poor with love and treated them with compassion - generous loving kind are all things that come to the mind when I think of him. Truly a soul that was beautiful. May God bless him and grant our beloved a place in heaven next to His beloved. To the family of the policeman who also lost his life May God make it easy on you and may He cover you with his grace.

  • hugovzyl - 2013-01-13 20:08

    Now publish the cop's mug shot, we could all assist wit id parade and list the dates he harassed us?

  • xhanti.gatyeni - 2013-01-14 06:55

    People like speculating. I don't think, even for a second, they think before they type... There are no facts here. You people can you just please STFU!

  • matieu.tzouves - 2013-01-14 15:45

    Had a similar incident happen to a family member about 2 months ago in Rosebank. They were pulled over by police who then searched car. Police purported that they had found a small sachet of dagga in the driver door compartment/shelf (who in their right minds would driver around with a sachet of dagga in their driver door compartment/shelf!) I received a phone call from the arrestees that they were being held at Rosebank police station and to come bail them out and also bring R5000 with me as the charges would then be dropped upon payment of said amount. I arrived at cop station and refused to pay any form of money. I also informed the cops that they better had done everything by the book, otherwise I would sue the arresting officers in their personal capacity. I insisted that the arrestees be sent for blood tests to ascertain whether they had any illegal substance abuse, upon which I was asked to discuss the matter in private in the police station boardroom. To cut a long story short, it was only after refusing to pay any form of bribe and insisting that the arrestees be sent for blood tests as well as reiterating that I would sue the arresting officers in their personal capacity that the police officers then dropped the whole matter. Sounds to me that the R8 Oxford Rd incident started off in a similar way except that it ended tragically. Wonder how many other people have had a similar experience - please comment if you have as I feel we need to take this further.

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