The Limpopo traffic officer who was run over by a motorist over the Easter weekend, will be laid to rest on Saturday while a memorial service is scheduled to take place this afternoon.
The officer, Butana Mlondobodzi, died this past Sunday after he was hit by an allegedly speeding motorist, Akani Mgimeti, the son of a local magistrate, while on duty on the R36 road outside Tzaneen, Letaba Herald reported.
Mgimeti left the scene of the accident and drove to the local police station to hand himself over immediately after the accident.
He appeared in the Tzaneen Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday where he was remanded in custody pending a formal bail application. He is expected to appear again tomorrow.
Mgimeti’s charge was changed from that of culpable homicide to murder. Reckless and negligent driving and failing to stop after an accident were also added to the list of charges, police said.
According to a statement by the Greater Tzaneen Municipality, Mlondobodzi began working as a traffic officer in 2010. He leaves behind both his parents, his wife and two children as well as his three sisters and one brother.
His death comes a few days after he celebrated his 40th Birthday earlier in the month.
A memorial service will be held today at 12:00 at Tivumbeni Centre while the funeral is set take place on Saturday. He will be buried at Muhlava Cross Cementery.
Greater Tzaneen mayor Dikeledi Mmetle and other members of the local council have since visited the Mlondobodzi family to offer their condolences.
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– Caxton News Service