Traffic cop shoots 2 bystanders in chase

2013-05-23 10:28
(Duncan Alfreds, News24)

(Duncan Alfreds, News24)

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Johannesburg - A Mpumalanga traffic department official has been arrested for shooting two bystanders while chasing an illegal hawker, Beeld reported on Thursday.

The shooting took place while traffic officials were checking hawkers' licences on Wednesday afternoon, the newspaper reported.

Brigadier Andre Smith told the newspaper the official was arrested shortly afterwards on two counts of attempted murder. His weapon had been confiscated.

"One of the stall owners ran away, and he chased him. The suspect ran across the street, into a shop. The official fired two shots," Smith was quoted as saying.

A man and a woman inside the shop were wounded, and were later admitted to the Middelburg provincial hospital with gunshot wounds in their legs.

Beeld reported that Prudence Magutle, spokesperson for the Steve Tswhete municipality, had confirmed the incident.

"The official was not a policeman and he was not authorised to carry a weapon. He used his personal weapon. There will be an internal investigation," she told the newspaper.

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