Gauteng police officer dies after being struck by alleged drunk driver at roadblock

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A Gauteng police officer has been killed while manning a roadblock on the West Rand.
A Gauteng police officer has been killed while manning a roadblock on the West Rand.
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  • A Gauteng police officer has died after being knocked over.
  • He was manning a roadblock in Khutsong when a driver failed to stop.
  • The motorist was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving.

A Gauteng police officer was killed while manning a roadblock on the West Rand on Saturday night.

Warrant Officer Jan Christoffel Esterhuysen was killed after being knocked over while controlling traffic at a roadblock in Khutsong when a motorist allegedly failed to stop.

The driver allegedly tried to flee the scene, but was apprehended, said police spokesperson Brigadier Brenda Muridili.

"It is reported that a 20-year-old driver failed to stop at the roadblock, hitting a stationary vehicle and Warrant Officer Esterhuysen, who was controlling the traffic. The suspect tried to flee the scene, but other members managed to stop him, and it was established that he was drunk," said Muridili.

Muridili did not provide any details as to what charges the motorist will face or when he will appear in court.

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"Esterhuysen was rushed to hospital, where he unfortunately succumbed to his injuries," said Muridili.

Esterhuysen was stationed at the Fochville Visible Policing Unit. He had 27 years' service in the South African Police Service, added Muridili.

Gauteng police commissioner Lieutenant General Elias Mawela sent his condolences to Esterhuysen's family and said he appreciated the contribution he had made to the police during his years of service, added Muridili.


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