Two police officers died in Deneysville in the Free State on Friday night after being hit by a drunken motorist.
The two officers, a deputy officer and a sergeant, were on duty at about 20:15 and were investigating a truck on the R594 in accordance with the lockdown regulations when they were killed.
According to Brig. National police spokesperson Vishnu Naidoo said the driver of a pickup truck ran into the two officers despite wearing high visibility vests.
“The bakkie driver is in custody and he is expected to be charged with culpable homicide, driving under the influence of alcohol as well as violating the regulations of the Disaster Management Act as he did not comply with the evening clock rule.”
Lt. Genl. National Police Commissioner Khehla John Sitole expressed his shock over the incident.
“The untimely passing of our two colleagues is indeed a bitter pill to swallow. We trust that the man who is allegedly responsible for their death and who is currently behind bars will be punished appropriately if convicted, ”Sitole said.
The National Police Commissioner expressed his condolences to the families of the officers and requested the provincial police commissioner to provide the necessary support to the families.