Police hunt motorist involved in hit-and-run that killed govt spokesperson

2018-12-24 11:36
Joseph Mabuza (Facebook)

Joseph Mabuza (Facebook)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Mpumalanga police are looking for the driver of the vehicle involved in the crash in which provincial government spokesperson Joseph Mabuza was killed.

"The unknown driver simply disappeared from the crime scene before authorities could arrive," Brigadier Leonard Hlathi said on Monday.

Mabuza is understood to have been hit when another driver made a U-turn along the N4, near Hectorspruit in Mpumalanga on Sunday. Mabuza was travelling on a motorbike.

The town is close to Komatipoort and near the busy Lebombo border post with Mozambique.

Mabuza, the head of communications in the Mpumalanga Community Safety Department, died at the scene. 

READ: Mpumalanga safety and security MEC's spokesperson killed in crash

Police consider the driver of the vehicle as a "fugitive" and have asked for information on the driver's whereabouts to be relayed to Constable Vusimuzi Thobela on 072 196 8225, or Crime Stop on 08600 10111.

Mpumalanga's police commissioner, Lieutenant General Mondli Zuma, appealed to drivers to exercise restraint and be patient with one another.

He said it was a crime to leave a crash scene before law enforcement and emergency services officials arrived.

Zuma also extended condolences to the Mabuza family, his friends and his colleagues. 

The communications team of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation, led by its spokesperson Ndivhuwo Mabaya, also issued a statement offering condolences.

"Mabuza was a colleague, an excellent communicator and a friend to many of us. His death is painful and should remind us of our responsibility on the road, and the growing number of South Africans who lost their lives during this holiday season."

Mabaya said Mabuza always reminded them of their responsibility on the road.

"I do hope that law enforcement officers in Mpumalanga and across the country will be inspired by the energy and commitment of Mabuza to road safety and be more vigilant and harsh on those who break the laws and rules of the road."

ANC head of the presidency Zizi Kodwa also offered condolences via a tweet.

KEEP UPDATED on the latest news by subscribing to our FREE newsletter.

- FOLLOW News24 on Twitter

Read more on:    mbombela  |  accidents
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

 

Enter the examination number or search by province or school (NSC Students) to view results.

/News
Traffic Alerts
Traffic
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.