Sonwabile Antonie
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3 Mar 2016
4:44 pm

JMPD officers ‘heartbroken’ by trainee’s death

Sonwabile Antonie

The 36-year-old trainee officer was a father of one who was due to get married this year.

Crash scene in which the JMPD trainee died. Picture: Roodepoort Record

Colleagues of the Johannesburg Metro Police (JMPD) officer who died in a motorcycle accident on Wednesday have been left heartbroken by the incident.

The 36-year-old officer, identified only as ZP Zwane, was a father of one who lived in Orlando East, Soweto and was due to get married this year, Roodepoort Record reported.

Zwane was killed following an accident on the N1 North before the N17 and Maraisburg Road onramp, south of Johannesburg.

According to JMPD’s Edna Mamonyane, a motorist in a bakkie changed lanes without checking the blind spots and clipped the motorcycle Zwane was riding.

The motorcycle then spun and lost control before colliding with the rear part of a bakkie. Zwane succumbed to extensive injuries.

JMPD spokesperson Superintendant Wayne Minnaar said the unit Zwane worked in was been hit hard by the loss of their friend and colleague.

“This has been hard on the motorcycle unit or metro police mounted unit he was a part of because they’ve lost a colleague and a friend. They are heartbroken,” he said.

Minnaar said a memorial service might be held next week Thursday, but confirmation will be given once preparations have been discussed with the family.

Mamonyane also pleaded with motorists to be more vigilant on the roads.

“We feel that drivers are sometimes careless when it comes to this, as bikers regularly succumb in collisions due to motorists’ negligence,” she said.

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– Caxton News Service