Soldier dies after truck lands on top of him during operation in Joburg

2020-04-21 12:54

A South African National Defence Force (SANDF) soldier has been killed after a truck allegedly landed on top of him during an operation on the N12 in Johannesburg on Tuesday morning, SANDF spokesperson Siphiwe Dlamini said.

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According to Johannesburg Metro Police Department spokesperson Wayne Minnaar, there was a joint operation by police, metro police and the SANDF on the freeway between 07:00 and 08:00.

"The driver of the truck lost control and the truck overturned and landed on top of the soldier," Minnaar said.

Minnaar said the truck driver was injured and has been taken to a nearby hospital.

He added that a charge of culpable homicide is being investigated.

In a statement, the SANDF said the soldier succumbed to his injuries after the truck fell on him near the Glen Mall. 

It added that its Millitary Police were also on the scene gathering information and a statement with further details would be released at a later stage. 

Minister of Defence Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula as well Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula expressed condolences to the man's family, friends and colleagues.

"We as government have great admiration and deep appreciation for our men and women in uniform from the South African National Defence Force, the South African Police Service, the National Traffic Police and all traffic law enforcement from our municipalities," Mbalula said. 

Meanwhile, the SANDF announced the death of another member in a separate incident over the weekend. 

The SANDF said Private Lebogang Jeffrey Kgatlhane died after an SAPS vehicle that he was in overturned whilst in pursuit of a suspicious vehicle which had not stopped at a roadblock in Acornhoek, Mpumalanga on Saturday. 

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