- A night out on the town has ended in tragedy for all parties involved after a high-speed chase took a turn for the worst
- Three Tshwane Metro Police officials died after the suspect's vehicle was involved in a head-on collision with theirs
- It is suspected that the suspect, who also died in the accident, was under the influence of alcohol
Three Tshwane Metro Police officials have died in a collision with an alleged drunk driver after a high-speed chase on Sunday morning.
A statement issued by the Tshwane Metro Police Department explained that the incident had taken place on the N4 in Pretoria West at around 2 am.
The officers had noticed a vehicle driving recklessly toward vehicles travelling in the opposite direction in the Central Business District.
The officials had unsuccessfully attempted to stop the vehicle when the driver opted to speed off, this had led to the police giving chase and requesting backup.
The first responders were then joined by three additional officers in another vehicle located where the suspect was chasing off to.
This second vehicle was then involved in a head-on collision with the suspect's car with three officers dying on the scene.
The suspect at the centre of the drama also subsequently died on the scene with his female companion taken to the nearest hospital.
The statement further explained that police investigators had reason to believe the suspect was under the influence of liquor after a search was carried out:
"Empty and full alcohol bottles were found in the suspect's vehicle. A case of culpable homicide has been opened. The identities of the three officers who have lost their lives will be released as soon as their families have been informed."
In other news, Briefly.co.za reported that Finance Minister Tito Mboweni has made it clear that he has no plans to resign from his post.
The vexed Mboweni has taken to social media to deny the rumours, hinting that they originated from within the ANC.
Commenting on this alleged betrayal from a 'fellow comrade', the minister insisted he is 'firmly' in place:
"There are people, your own colleagues and comrades who peddle stories to Sunday papers. Tito this, Tito that. He is resigning etc etc! Va tamba! I am firmly here."
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