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Gauteng SAPS investigates culpable homicide

THREE DEAD: All three people who were in this car died instantly.

GAUTENG SAPS is investigating a case of culpable homicide following a fatal road accident on September 9 on Kliprivier Road.

The accident claimed the lives of three victims.

The RECORD previously reported that no legal authority was available to assist at the scene.

According to a source, a white Corsa with three people inside was parked in the yellow lane. The driver got out of the car.

Also Read: Three killed in accident – no legal authority available to assist

The source at the scene of the accident told the RECORD that a grey Mercedes, whose driver was apparently under the influence of alcohol, hit the Corsa and the man. He also stated that the Mercedes must have been travelling at an extremely high speed.

The driver and passengers in the Corsa died instantly.

The driver of the Mercedes sustained no injuries.

A number of ambulances, two fire trucks and tow trucks were at the scene first.

“Multiple people repeatedly requested assistance from Brackendowns SAPS, Mondeor SAPS as well as JMPD and EMPD for over three hours. No one from any of these departments responded. It is their job to contain this accident scene,” the source told the RECORD.

“EMPD said it is JMPD’s area and Brackendowns SAPS said it was Mondeor’s area and vice versa,” the source said.

CPF members arrived to regulate traffic and close down the scene.

“We really appreciated the CPF members. While they were trying to regulate traffic, another car drove into a CPF member’s bakkie after the woman apparently told the members that they were not legal authorities. So one accident scene became two accident scenes.

“The thing that bothers me the most is that there were no police or other legal authorities there to make arrests. The ones at the scene cleared the scene and also managed to get the address of the deceased,” the source told the RECORD.

“Does this really mean that there is an area on Kliprivier Road which is ‘no man’s land’ where no legal authorities will attend to emergencies?” the source asked.

Also Read: Bungled police response

Family members of the deceased contacted the RECORD to ask what had happened to their children.

After multiple calls and emails sent to the involved parties (Brackendowns and Mondeor SAPS as well as EMPD and JMPD), the RECORD has to date received no response.

The RECORD then contacted the provincial commissioner of police. The response from them was immediate and they are busy with the investigation.

According to Capt Pinky Tsinyane, communications officer for the SAPS’ provincial office, the case was registered at Mondeor Police Station.

“In response to the complaints and allegations against the SAPS of delayed response and non-attendance of the scene, the provincial commissioner of police in Gauteng, Lt Gen Deliwe de Lange, has with immediate effect sanctioned a departmental investigation to ascertain whether or not the allegations are in fact true. The appropriate steps to be taken will be determined by the outcome of this internal investigation,” said Tsinyane.

In light of this media enquiry, specifically with reference to cases where the public cannot access any police station telephonically or otherwise, the public is encouraged to report emergencies such as this accident by calling the SAPS emergency line on 08600 10111 or 10111.

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Elzaan Pienaar
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