WATCH | Wife, colleagues pay tribute to metro cop killed by taxi

2019-01-21 11:41
A Durban metro police officer, who was killed while on duty outside the Galleria Mall in Amanzimtoti, will be laid to rest on Monday morning.
The funeral and memorial service of inspector Johan Deysel (59) is set to begin at 10:00 at the Amanzimtoti Civil Hall.

A Durban metro police officer, who was killed while on duty outside the Galleria Mall in Amanzimtoti, will be laid to rest on Monday morning. The funeral and memorial service of inspector Johan Deysel (59) is set to begin at 10:00 at the Amanzimtoti Civil Hall. (Supplied)

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A Durban metro police officer, who was run over and killed while on duty outside the Galleria Mall in Amanzimtoti, will be laid to rest on Monday morning.

The funeral and memorial service of Inspector Johan Deysel, 59, was set to begin at 10:00 at the Amanzimtoti Civic Hall.

Durban metro police spokesperson Superintendent Glen Ndlovu told News24 that Deysel, who had been stationed in Isipingo, would receive full police honours, as he had been killed in the line of duty.

Ndlovu said Deysel had been a long-serving member, with 35 years of service.

"He was a good man, highly dedicated to his job, a very polite, disciplined gentleman."

A colleague who asked to remain anonymous told News24 that Deysel’s death would leave a void.

"It’s like losing a family member," he said.

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"People often say when somebody dies that they leave a gap, but his death will leave a massive void. He made such a contribution to our department that this will be widely felt for a very long time."

The colleague posted video footage online of Deysel’s wife and other colleagues praying at the scene of his death - as a way to counter some of the negative commentary the incident evoked on social media. 

Deysel was monitoring a stop street in Arbour Road outside a mall on the evening of Friday, January 11, when a taxi disregarded it and mowed him down. Metro police had decided to set up a road block after a councillor in the area had been inundated with complaints that drivers tended to completely disregard the stop signs outside the mall.

A statement released by Durban metro police following Deysel’s death described the taxi driver’s actions a "grossly blatant and reckless".

"The taxi driver never slows down at any stage. He instead veered to the left and tried to 'squeeze' through the police member and the two vehicles standing off on his left. This makes it abundantly clear that the taxi driver had no intention to stop. He saw the police officer very well, hence trying to veer around him; knocking the police officer down in the process."

Video footage of the incident, capturing Deysel’s death, was widely circulated on social media. Many users commented that Deysel was at fault, prompting Durban metro police to ask social media users to refrain from making "negative commentary".

"The video footage starts at the juncture where the member steps over to stop the taxi. It does not show the clearly marked stop street that the taxi driver had just blatantly disregarded," Ndlovu said in the statement.

"The sheer speed of the taxi, clearly shows that the taxi driver had just disregarded the stop sign, actually at high speed."

The driver of the taxi was arrested and will face charges of reckless and negligent driving, culpable homicide, attempted murder and attempting to flee the accident scene.

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Inspector Johan Deysel's fellow officers paid their respects to his family during a memorial service held at the Amanzimtoti Civic Hall. Photo: Supplied

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