JMPD of­fi­cers killed at road­block

Inner City Gazette - - News - By Staff Re­porter news@in­ner-city-gazette.co.za

Jo­han­nes­burg mayor Her­man Mashaba has ex­pressed “great sad­ness” at the death of two fe­male Jo­han­nes­burg Metro Po­lice Depart­ment (JMPD) of­fi­cers who died when a sus­pected drunk driver drove into a road­block they were man­ning.

“I have learnt‚ with great sad­ness that two fe­male JMPD of­fi­cers were fa­tally wounded yes­ter­day evening whilst on duty‚” Mashaba said in a state­ment.

Mashaba said the city had re­cently launched a pi­lot project aimed at mak­ing JMPD of­fi­cers more vis­i­ble to ap­proach­ing traf­fic while on duty‚ by wear­ing a body­light de­vice on their uni­form.

“We send our deep­est con­do­lences to the fam­i­lies of the de­ceased JMPD of­fi­cers‚ who were also our col­leagues and friends. MMC Michael Sun and I will visit the af­fected fam­i­lies‚ as well as the in­jured of­fi­cers in hospi­tal‚ dur­ing the course of the day‚” Mashaba said.

The two of­fi­cers and their col­leagues had set up a road­block on the cor­ner of Cam-

IN SOR­ROW City of Jo­han­nes­burg MM C of Pub­lic Safety Cllr Michael Sun at­tends the wreath lay­ing and Me­mo­rial ser­vices of­fal len JM PD of­fi­cers Sophie Ngoasheng and Win­nie Mok­golo. Pic­ture: E. Le­hung

bridge and Witkop­pen roads‚ in Sand­ton on Mon­day night.

While the op­er­a­tion was un­der­way‚ a ve­hi­cle ploughed through the block­ade and slammed into three cars. Six other peo­ple were in­jured.

“Over the course of the past week­end alone‚ JMPD ar­rested 308 drunk driv­ers in Jo­han­nes­burg. The driver of the dou­ble cab was ar­rested on the scene and blood sam­ples were taken.

“It was later con­firmed that the driver was three times over the limit‚ with more in­tox­i­cat­ing sub­stances found in the ve­hi­cle. He is cur­rently de­tained at the Sand­ton po­lice sta­tion and we will en­sure that he faces the full might of the law‚ in­clud­ing charges for mur­der‚” said Mashaba.

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