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Attempted murder of JMPD officer hangs over taxi driver

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A JMPD officer has been hospitalized after being physically assaulted by a taxi driver.

Officer Nompumelelo Salley was controlling traffic, on Friday, 20 July 2018, at the Joe Slove intersection, on Gauteng Drive, when she stopped the taxi driver. The driver refused to stop and give way to other vehicles, and is said to have drove past, yelling his displeasure at being stopped.

Twenty six-year-old Khulani Dludlu then punched the officer, before he tried to run her over.

“At first glance, when the Prosecutor received the docket, there was insufficient evidence for him to place a charge of attempted murder; hence he decided that the charge should be assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm. However, as investigations were ongoing and we received more statements, that’s when the NPA decided to change the charge to attempted murder,” says Phindi Mjonondwane of the National Prosecuting Authority.

The officer has been released from hospital and the JMPD welcomed the development.

The spokesperson of JMPD, Superintendent Wayne Minnaar, commented on the incident and subsequent developments:

“This sends a clear message that officers in uniform must be respected. When they are on duty, performing their duties, it means that motorists and the public must surely respect officers. They are out there serving the community and directing traffic; they are serving the community whilst patrolling and monitoring the roads to ensure that other motorists obey the Road Traffic Regulations, and to ensure the general safety of the public,” he says.

The matter has been postponed to the 28 August 2018.

Abenathi Gqomo

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