HOW DO SUCH THINGS HAPPEN? Two police officers have been suspended for allegedly killing a pedestrian in a hit-and-run in Port Elizabeth. The victim was walking on the pavement at the time. Image: SAPA
PORT ELIZABETH, Eastern Cape - Two Eastern Cape police officers were suspended on Thursday (October 2) for allegedly killing a pedestrian in a hit-and-run collision.
Provincial commissioner Lt-Gen Celiwe Cynthia Binta said: "I want to condemn strongly the conduct of the officials involved in this incident. This is not the type of behaviour that we expect from police officials and we are extremely let down by their display of poor discipline, professionalism and lack of care."
'FAILED TO STOP... SPED AWAY'
On September 28 Pumlile Deyi (23) was knocked down by a marked police vehicle while walking on the pavement in Stofile Street, New Brighton, Port Elizabeth. He suffered head injuries and died on the scene.
Binta said: "The police vehicle failed to stop after the collision and sped away. I have ensured that notices of immediate suspension be served on the two members."
Binta said the officers had booked out the car but did not report what had happened when their shift ended.
An autopsy on Deyi's body was conducted on Wednesday (Oct 1) and the police car was examined.
The Independent Police Investigative Directorate could not be reached to confirm whether the officers would face criminal charges.