TWO off duty Joubertina police constables, a court interpreter and one of their friends were killed at about 11pm on Sunday night when the Toyota Corolla they were travelling in went off a bridge and landed on its roof on the R62 road near Joubertina.
The driver of the vehicle, Constable Mziwekhaya Liwane, 32, is believed to have lost control while nearing a sharp bend on the road. The vehicle then collided into a barrier and went off the side of the bridge landing on its roof in the water below.
Constable Lunathi Nkebe, 32, court interpreter Patrick Skhosana, 34, and friend Siphiwo Pisani,34, were all passengers in the car at the time.
Police spokesman Colonel Priscilla Naidu said that the group were travelling back to Joubertina - where they lived - from Louterwater. "The vehicle was pulled out of the water and the jaws of life used by emergency worker to free the bodies from the wreckage,” she said.
They were declared dead by medical staff when they arrived on the scene.
Joubertina Police station commander Colonel Ruth Slater said: "We feel very saddened by the unexpected and tragic deaths of our two policemen. We extend our condolences to their families. We feel aggrieved of being robbed of two young and talented officers.’ said the .
A case of culpable homicide is under investigation. - Gareth Wilson