VEREENIGING - The Gauteng MEC for Community Safety, Faith Mazibuko, expressed sadness at the passing of a Gauteng Traffic Police officer, Moses Nose Mathebula, who was deployed at Vereeniging Regional office. Mazibuko said in a statement the officer passed away in a tragic incident involving an unroadworthy taxi on the R551 road. She said officer Mathebula and his colleagues were conducting a roadside checkpoint on the R551 yesterday which was aimed at enforcing road safety, checking the fitness of drivers and road-worthiness of vehicles. Reports received from the scene of the incident indicate that the taxi was on the queue approaching the operational area, and the taxi driver allegedly failed to slow down when approaching the roadside checkpoint area due to brake failure. The taxi driver is reported to have tried to swerve into the left shoulder to avoid other stationary vehicles that were in the queue, then pulled back on the road and crashed into the officer. The Gauteng Traffic Police officers rushed Mathebula to Clinix Naledi-Nkanyezi Private Hospital, but he unfortunately succumbed to his critical injuries. Mazibuko says the driver was arrested and detained at the De Deur police station in Sedibeng district and will face charges relating to reckless and negligent driving, possession of unroadworthy vehicle and culpable homicide.
PHOTO: (Gauteng Community Safety - Officer Mathebula)