Johannesburg - The driver who allegedly killed two Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) officers after crashing into a roadblock is expected to make his first appearance in the Randburg Magistrate's Court on Wednesday.
The man allegedly drove his Toyota Hilux double cab into a group of officers, a BMW, Hyundai and a Porsche during a roadblock in Paulshof on Monday night, killing the female officers and injuring several other people, including two officers.
The slain officers were Winnie Mokgolo, a mother of three, and mother-of-two Sophie Ngoasheng.
The driver was also injured and was transported to hospital, along with the others, by Emergency Management Services personnel.
He was later arrested and detained at the Sandton Police Station, where his blood sample was taken.
Sandton police's Captain Granville Meyer confirmed that he clocked 1.36%, three times over the limit.
"The man currently faces two charges of culpable homicide, one charge of driving under the influence and another of reckless and negligent driving," he said.
Mayor Herman Mashaba meanwhile, visited the victims' families following the incident and expressed sadness and anger at their violent deaths.
“MMC [Micheal] Sun and I are devastated that the City has lost more JMPD officers in such a manner. It is believed that the driver who caused the accident was drunk. Over the course of the past weekend alone, JMPD arrested 308 drunk drivers in Johannesburg," he said.
“We will not tolerate such reckless and criminal behaviour. Drunk driving not only puts the driver of the vehicle at risk, but also places all other road users at risk as well. We send our deepest condolences to the families of the deceased JMPD officers, who were also our colleagues and friends,” said Mashaba.
Mashaba is expected to also visit the injured officers in hospital.