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Durban - After being on the run for almost a month, the alleged KwaZulu-Natal hit-and-run-driver who slammed a stolen car into a traffic officer as she tried to flag him down, has been arrested.
KZN Transport Department spokesman, Kwanele Ncalane, said the 24-year-old man had been arrested in the KwaLanga township in the Western Cape at the weekend.
The driver will face charges of culpable homicide and reckless driving for the death of Pinetown RTI officer, Thuli Nhlengethwa, 35.
Nhlengethwa was conducting a speed timing exercise with a colleague on the N2 at Spaghetti Junction, when she tried to stop a silver Audi with no number plates.
The sedan was travelling at 141km/h when the driver slammed into her.
He fled the scene after abandoning the car.
It was later discovered that the vehicle had been stolen from a car dealership in Roodepoort, Gauteng.
Transport MEC, Willies Mchunu, said he hoped the suspect would be given a harsh sentence.
He said the driver’s arrest would help the Nhlengethwa family find closure.
“I wish to applaud the police for their tireless effort in hunting down the suspect. This breakthrough is very important and will send a strong message to all motorists that no criminal acts will be tolerated.
“Without zooming in on the merits of this case, we would want to see a harsh sentence imposed on the suspect.”
Mchunu said he was calling for harsh sentence not only because an officer had been killed, but that the driver had failed to take responsibility and had fled.