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Shock and dismay as veteran traffic officer callously gunned down

Published: February 04, 2020

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The Safety and Security directorate expressed its shock and dismay following the brutal murder of a veteran officer who served the traffic law enforcement fraternity diligently for 33 years.

Member of the Mayoral Committee for Safety and Security for Safety and Security Queenie Pink voiced her concern that the life of a dedicated traffic officer could be snuffed out so callously.

"I would like to express my sincere condolences to the bereaved family and the broader traffic law enforcement family of the deceased.

"I trust that the South African Police Services will leave no stone unturned to bring the perpetrators to book,” MMC Pink said.

The well respected senior traffic officer from KwaMagxaki sadly passed after his official vehicle veered off the road in the vicinity of Walmer Links and hit a fence with the ominous echo of gunshots still ringing in the air.

Head of Traffic and Licensing Warren Prins said the incident is a sad reminder of the dangerous working environment law enforcement officers and first responders face on a daily basis.

"We will take comfort from the fact that our colleague died while serving his community with pride but we cannot help to think that he only had a few years left before his retirement.

"He was in his early sixties and a man of faith. He will be sorely missed. May his dear soul rest in peace,” Prins said.

The officer, who joined the traffic department in 1987, currently served in the Transportation Unit of the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Traffic Department.

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Issued on behalf of the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality by Municipal Spokesman Kupido Baron (082 780 2726 / 041 506 1500 / kbaron@mandelametro.gov.za / @kupidobaron).


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