- Tshwane Metro Police Department Chief Johanna Nkomo got visibly emotional when she spoke at the memorial service of the three officers who died in a head-on-head collision with a drunk driver
- The Lieutenant-General echoed Minister Fikile Mbalula's sentiments on the amendment of alcohol laws in South Africa
- She blamed Level 2 lockdown and the lifting of the alcohol ban for the death of the cops
Over the weekend, three police officers - Ndimafhi Edward Phaduline, Khathutshelo Mukwevho and Silas Marisane Phala - were killed in a car accident.
The officers died following a head-on-head collision with a suspected drunk driver in the early hours of Sunday, 23 August.
On Wednesday, a memorial service was held in honour of the fallen police officers and Tshwane Metro Police Department Chief Johanna Nkomo got visibly emotional.
The Lieutenant-General agreed with Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula that people have gotten out of control since the ban on booze was lifted.
Briefly.co.za previously reported Mbalula called for alcohol laws to be changed and he is pressing for a 0% alcohol limit for drivers.
His views followed the deaths of the three officers and Nkomo could not agree more.
According to IOL, she said:
“I wish the minister could see through the amendment of the rules and regulations regarding alcohol. This is unbearable. We have lost three of my youngest members that could have contributed positively towards the safety of the country and the residents of Tshwane."
SABC journalist Sipho Stuurman reported Nkomo blamed lockdown Level 2 and the return of alcohol sales for the death of her officers:
Nkomo said that although the country can't completely ban alcohol, strong regulations should be put in place to prevent the loss of more lives.
"Like in other countries, they take your licence away if you are intoxicated behind the wheel. It continues to kill our people on roads and everywhere. We must now put our heads together. When government acts, nobody is going to say it is unfair.”
The Tshwane Metro Police live-streamed the emotional service online:
Meanwhile, Tuesday saw panic on Mzansi streets as citizens attempted to stock up before the return of the liquor ban was announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa. A voice note that spread like wildfire was behind the confusion and now the person responsible is being tracked down by the government.
The Department of Cooperative and Traditional Affairs has announced that an investigation was launched into the matter to determine the source of the voice note.
Spokesperson Lungi Mtshali commented that the matter has been escalated to involve the police:
"The fake news is not only compromising people's lives but it is also setting us back in the fight against Covid-19. Spreading fake news can actually put people’s lives in danger.”
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