Police van drives into two vehicles

Police apparently crashed into two cars on Saturday evening, leaving three police officers injured. Photo: Mduduzi Mathebula

Mduduzi Mathebula

SEBOKENG. – Three police officers are in hot water for allegedly crossing a red robot and colliding with two vehicles on Moshoeshoe Road, in Sebokeng on Saturday night.

The fully marked police vehicle overturned several times before it landedon its side. The other two vehicles were smashed beyond recognition according to the two, now-carless drivers.

A case of reckless and negligent driving has been opened and is being investigated. According to Teboho Ratu (44), the driver of a Toyota Quantum taxi, he had a right of way when a marked police vehicle knocked him across the robot intersection.

The traffic light was apparently red.

“I was driving from south to west in Moshoeshoe Road, just across the robot in Masoeng when a marked police vehicle hit me on the side and overturned, then crashed into an Avanza that was stationary at the robot,” said Ratau.

“It is apparent that these three officers were drunk. They were all rushed to hospital for medical attention.”

Ratau claims that the three officers were drunk, that they even tried to swap drivers after the accident:

“I told them I had seen everything they were trying to do. No-one is above the law,” said Ratau, whose Quantum is badly smashed up but repairable.

Meanwhile Nkosiyethu Mpurwana, the 28-year-old driver of the Avanza that had been waiting for the robot to change, said there is no hope for his car. It had been a write-off.

“My worry is the wait they are causing when we were making a living through these vehicles. My children won’t eat during the wait,” says the furious Mpurwana.

Police spokesperson Captain Teboho Lephoto confirms that a case of reckless and negligent driving has been opened  and is being investigated.

However, he cannot say more about the drinking side as the case is still under investigation.

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