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Durban - A man has been arrested for a hit-and-run in which a traffic officer died, the KwaZulu-Natal community safety department said on Monday.
“A 24-year-old suspect was arrested over the weekend at KwaLanga, in Cape Town, where he was hiding,” said spokesman Kwanele Ncalane.
The man reportedly hit road traffic inspector Thuli Nhlengethwa while she was conducting speed checks on the N2 on September 22.
Nhlengethwa, 35, had tried to stop a silver Audi travelling at 141km/h.
The car did not stop and ran her over before speeding off. It was later discovered that the car had been stolen in Roodepoort, Gauteng.
“The other officers on scene pursued and chased the driver of the vehicle, who stopped the car and fled on foot leaving a passenger inside,” Ncalane said.
Transport MEC Willies Mchunu welcomed the arrest.
“I wish to applaud police for their tireless effort in hunting for the suspect. This breakthrough is very important and will send a strong message to all motorists that any criminal acts won't be tolerated.”
Mchunu called for a harsh sentence to be imposed on the man.
“This is not only because he allegedly killed one of our own, but due to the failure to take responsibility of his action. I hope his arrest will assist the Nhlengethwa family to find closure,” he said.
Arrangements were underway to transfer the man to KwaZulu-Natal, where he was expected to appear on charges of culpable homicide and reckless driving.
Ncalane said there was a possibility of more charges being added.