22-year-old Akani Mgimeti is expected to appear in the Tzaneen Magistrate’s Court in Limpopo on Friday after a traffic officer was killed in a tragic hit-and-run accident on the outskirts of Tzaneen over the weekend.
Mgimeti left the scene of the accident and drove to the local police station to hand himself over immediately after the accident, Letaba Herald reported.
He appeared in court Tuesday afternoon and he was remanded in custody pending a formal bail application.
According to a police statement, Mgimeti’s charge was changed from that of culpable homicide to murder due to the “extreme serious circumstances of the matter”. Reckless and negligent driving and failing to stop after an accident were also added to the list of charges.
The deceased officer, identified as Butana Mlondobozi, was killed by a speeding car while performing a point duty on Sunday at about 15:30 along R36 road outside Tzaneen Macdonald market.
Police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Moasthe Ngoepe said investigations were still continuing.
A source, who chose to remain anonymous, said police and other law enforcement officers had tried to stop Mgimeti for speeding and skipping stop signs on the day of the accident.
“This type of behaviour by motorists is totally condemned because Law enforcement officers are always working tirelessly along the roads to ensure road safety and they cannot be killed like this.
We are going to leave no stone unturned on this matter and Police investigations are still continuing,” Ngoepe said.
Greater Tzaneen Municipality spokesperson Neville Ndlala said officer’s next of kin have been notified and that the mayor, Mayor Dikeledi Mmetle, would visit the bereaved family soon to offer her condolences.
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– Caxton News Service