NELSPRUIT –The Provincial Commissioner of South African Police Service in Mpumalanga, Lieutenant General Mondli Zuma, has sent his condolences to the family of a South African National Defence Force member who lost his life as well as wished a speedy recovery to two of his colleagues and a South African Police Service member who sustained injuries in an accident yesterday.

The accident occurred between Sibambhayane (Casteel) and Thulamahashe near Bushbuckridge during a high speed chase between members and a silver Volvo which was allegedly loaded with firearms.

Upon receiving such information, these law enforcement formations followed up on the information and spotted the said vehicle. The suspects noticed the officials and ignored their instruction to stop their vehicle and proceed to speed off instead, leading to the high speed chase. 

Unfortunately the police van lost control resulting in the accident which claimed the life of a 29-year-old member of the SANDF as well as serious injuries to two of his colleagues aged 28 and a 23-year-old police Constable who also sustained serious injuries. The members were all rushed to hospital where the victim was declared dead and the others taken in for medical attention. Two of the SANDF officials have since been discharged. 

“We would like to express our deepest condolences to the family of the SANDF member who lost his life and may his soul rest in peace. The deceased member and his colleagues had dedicated their lives to serve the country as well as ensure that citizens are and feel safe. I would further like to wish the surviving members a speedy recovery” said General Zuma. 

Meanwhile police are still looking for the silver Volvo sedan and anyone with information that can assist in locating the suspects, can call 10111 or send SMS’s to 32211. Members of the community can also anonymously call 08600 10111. Alternatively information can be shared with police via MYSAPSAPP and their information will be treated with strictest of confidence.

Source: South African Police Service

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