Cape Town – An on-duty Mpumalanga traffic officer was reportedly killed following a crash on the R533 road between Emalahleni and Kriel.
Reports indicated that the female officer was knocked over by a vehicle she was trying to stop on Monday afternoon.
According to Mpumalanga Department of Community Safety, Security and Liaison spokesperson Moeti Mmusi, Jeanette Mlange was trying to stop a vehicle that was overtaking dangerously when she was hit by the vehicle, reported IOL.
The report said an investigation into the crash was under way.
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“According to the reports, Jeanette Mlangeni was doing her routine law enforcement work when she noticed a light delivery vehicle driver who was allegedly overtaking dangerously.
“She then attempted to stop the vehicle [when] she was hit by the same vehicle,” TimesLIVE quoted Mmusi as saying.
Acting community safety MEC Speedy Mashilo sent his condolences to Mlangeni’s family and urged motorists to “respect all law enforcement officers on the road”, the report said.
Mashilo said although the incident was under investigation, motorists needed to respect law enforcement officers and the rule of the road at all times to help reduce road crashes, the report said.
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Compiled by Olwethu Mpeshe