On-duty traf­fic of­fi­cer hit, killed by taxi


WHILE try­ing to keep the streets safe, a Dur­ban Metro Po­lice of­fi­cer was knocked down and killed by a taxi in Amanz­im­toti on Fri­day night.

In­spec­tor Jo­han Dey­sel, 59, who had been a Metro Po­lice of­fi­cer for the past 23 years, was on duty near the Gal­le­ria Mall when he tried to stop the taxi be­fore it hit him.

A 22-year-old sus­pect was ar­rested on the scene and will ap­pear in court this week.

Po­lice spokesper­son Par­boo Sew­per­sad said that the in­ci­dent hap­pened in full view of the of­fi­cers on duty.

“It was a po­lice op­er­a­tion and he was in full po­lice uni­form. In­spec­tor Dey­sel tried to stop a taxi which then col­lided with him,” Sew­per­sad said.

He said the driver of the ve­hi­cle was ar­rested on charges of cul­pa­ble homi­cide and neg­li­gent driv­ing. “We can con­firm that an in­ves­ti­ga­tion has been opened and that the sus­pect has been de­tained at Amanz­im­toti.”

Dey­sel, the fa­ther of a lit­tle girl, was part of the Isipingo Op­er­a­tions Unit.

“At this stage, we still can­not com­pre­hend what has hap­pened. The ex­ec­u­tive man­age­ment of the unit and the po­lice of­fi­cers ex­tend our deep­est con­do­lences to In­spec­tor Dey­sel’s im­me­di­ate fam­ily and friends,” Sew­per­sad said. Dey­sel is also sur­vived by his wife.

Sew­per­sad de­scribed Dey­sel as a hard-work­ing po­lice of­fi­cer who was ded­i­cated to his job. Po­lice spokesper­son Cap­tain Nqo­bile Gwala said the Amanz­im­toti SAPS were in­ves­ti­gat­ing a case of cul­pa­ble homi­cide. She said Dey­sel had sus­tained head in­juries and was de­clared dead at the scene.

IN­SPEC­TOR Jo­han Dey­sel, 59, was on of­fi­cial duty out­side the Gal­le­ria shop­ping cen­tre when he was hit by a taxi and killed.

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