Tebogo Msimanga |
The National Commissioner of the South African Police Service (SAPS) General Khehla John Sitole has conveyed his heartfelt condolences to the family, friends, relatives and colleagues of six members who died in the line of duty in two separate accidents in the Eastern Cape and Kwa-Zulu Natal provinces.
In the Eastern Cape, four members were travelling back home on Sunday from the Chris Hani District where they were part of a SAPS team that was deployed to the area to conduct crime prevention and awareness campaigns.
Police Spokesperson Brigadier Vishnu Naidoo said according to preliminary investigations, the four were killed instantly following a collision between the police vehicle they were travelling in and a truck near Engcobo.
“On the same day, two members stationed at the Harding Police Station in Kwa-Zulu Natal died after they were struck by a vehicle. At the time of the incident, the pair were busy combing an accident scene for clues when they were struck. The pair sadly succumbed to their injuries on scene.”
Naidoo said psychologists have been deployed to provide support to the families of the deceased as well as the members who attended to both accident scenes. The SAPS will communicate memorial and funeral details in due course.