LEPHALALE — Two members of Lephalale police, Const. Christopher Mfisa and Const Matsobane Ralefatana, were on duty and patrolling Nelson Mandela Ave on Friday 1 July around 00:10, when another vehicle hit them from behind.
According to W.O. Frans Mokoena, Lephalale SAPS spokesperson, it is alleged by one of the constables involved that an orange coloured Ford Ranger with registration number CYG 616 L came from behind them at a high speed; they were driving 80 km/h. He said he saw in his mirror that the Ford Ranger was driving fast but thought the driver wanted to overtake them. The next minute he heard a sound as the Ford struck them from behind and overturned the police van.
W.O. Mokoena says he was told by Const. Ralefatana that the driver of the Ford Ranger, a young man, was allegedly taken away from the scene by his mother shortly after the incident.
Const. Mfisa is seriously injured and was transferred to a hospital in Pretoria. Const Ralefatana from Lephalale Crime Prevention Unit was released from hospital on the same day. W.O. Mokoena says the driver of the Ford Ranger wasn’t injured to his knowledge.
Cases of reckless and negligent driving as well as interfering with police investigation may be opened, says W.O. Mokoena.