A man, believed to have been a drug dealer, died while trying to flee from police in Morningside, Durban, on Thursday.
KwaZulu-Natal police spokesperson Brigadier Jay Naicker said police officers from the provincial drug and firearm unit observed a transaction between two men at Kings Park after receiving information with regards to drug dealing.
Naicker said as the police officers approached the men, one of them sped off in his vehicle.
“A chase ensued towards Morningside and at the corner of Norwood and Trematon Drive; the suspect collided with another vehicle. The man believed to be in his thirties died at the scene and the other motorist was transported to hospital for medical attention.”
Naicker said a search conducted inside the man’s vehicle uncovered drugs such as methcathinone and cocaine valued at R5 000. The team also seized R1 640 in cash, which is suspected to be the proceeds of a drug trade.
Police have opened a docket for possession of drugs and culpable homicide for further investigation.