The Minister of Police, Nathi Mthethwa has offered condolences to the families of the four South African Police Service members who tragically died in the early hours of this morning in Limpopo.
According to a preliminary report provided to the Minister, four police officers were killed and three seriously injured following an accident between two trucks on the N1 highway between Polokwane and Mokopane in the early hours of this morning. One of the trucks caught fire and exploded, killing the members and damaging three police vehicles.
“We are deeply saddened about this tragic loss of lives of our members, who died whilst on duty. In their pursuit for safety, they served with dedication right until their untimely passing. Our hearts are filled with grief and sorrow because our nation, the South African Police Service and the people of Limpopo have been robbed of these dedicated members. On behalf of the police leadership, management and staff of the South African Police Service, I wish to convey our deepest condolences to the families,” stated the Minister.
“We also wish a speedy recovery to the three injured members who are currently recuperating in hospital. We urge the nation to pray for all the affected families. We trust that they will find comfort during this difficult period.”
The Minister, accompanied by the National Commissioner of Police, General Riah Phiyega and senior police management are currently en route to Limpopo. They are accompanied by members from the Employee Health and Wellness team who will offer psychological and trauma counselling to the affected families.
A team of police investigators is also at the scene.
SOURCE: South African Official News