BuzzSouthAfrica learnt from the South African Police Service (SAPS) that a case of homicide is under investigation following the death of a pedestrian who was knocked over by a member of the Presidential Protection Unit.
Speaking, Brigadier Mashadi Selepe confirmed that a pedestrian was knocked over by a police-owned vehicle on Friday in Pretorius Street, Pretoria, while he was crossing the road.
Reaffirming that the 59-year-old pedestrian identified as Solly Moutlana, later passed away from the injuries he sustained, Selepe related that the reports claiming the accident occurred while the vehicle was in a ‘blue light convoy’ are untrue.
The Brigadier said:
“The driver of the police vehicle, a member of the Presidential Protection Unit, was on duty at the time of the accident, which was attended to by police members on duty. A case of culpable homicide is under investigation and the police driver will give his full cooperation.
The car was not part of a convoy at the time of the accident and there was no dignitary present in the vehicle or being transported in a convoy.”
Meanwhile, the Presidency rebuked Johannesburg Mayor, Herman Mashaba for tweeting: “I have just received the terrible news that President Zuma’s blue lights brigades killed a friend Solly Moutlana…”
It stated that it’s unfortunate that Mr. Mashaba seeks to create an impression that a SAPS convoy transporting the President caused the painful loss of life.
Adding that the insinuation of Mashaba’s tweet is totally untrue and misleading, the Presidency stated:
“The President was in East London on Friday to participate in the National Council of Province’s Taking Parliament to the People event, having travelled from Cape Town. From East London he flew to KwaZulu-Natal province. He left Pretoria on Tuesday.”
Also, the Presidency asserted that it’s ever ready to assist the Mayor of Johannesburg in the future with clarity on matters affecting the Presidency to ensure the accuracy of information being disseminated.