Tragic collision claims four SAPS members and civilian

26 April 2021 | From Arrive Alive

The Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Liziwe Ntshinga has expressed shock at the tragic accident which claimed the lives of four (4) members of the SAPS and one (1) Civilian believed to have been in the same vehicle in which SAPS members were travelling on Sunday morning 25 April 2021 outside Engcobo, on the national road towards Mthatha.

The four officers were returning from the Chris Hani District where they conducted crime prevention operations and awareness campaigns with communities and schools. The deceased members aged between 25 and 35 were stationed at the Alfred Nzo and OR Tambo districts respectively, and they include three (3) males, one (1) female who is a Public Service Act member and one (1) civilian person.

Circumstances surrounding the accident are currently under investigation. Police have registered cases of Culpable Homicide for investigation. Details regarding the cause of the accident will form part of the investigation.

Lieutenant General Liziwe Ntshinga has ordered a speedy and meticulous investigation into the circumstances which might have led to the unfortunate incident. “As SAPS management we are shattered by this sad news. We do not need this and the untimely heart-breaking departure of our young and upcoming leaders has left us dumbfounded.”

The Provincial Commissioner has conveyed heartfelt condolences to all the families of the deceased. As the department is in the process of informing the next of kin, the names and other intimate details relating to the deceased will therefore not be made available at this stage. 

Lieutenant General Liziwe Ntshinga will be visiting the affected families in the coming week.

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