The South African Police Service (SAPS) mourns the death of a Presidential Protection Service (PPS) member in Middleburg, Mpumalanga on 20 November 2022 after a motorcade crash.
While traveling between Mpumalanga and Gauteng, one of the backup vehicles for Deputy President, David Mabuza’s motorcade suffered a burst tyre, causing the vehicle to roll over.
Several members sustain serious injuries during motorcade crash
Three of the occupants of the vehicle involved sustained serious injuries during the accident. Mabuza was unharmed in the incident.
The first member of this group died at the scene, while the other two were transported to a nearby hospital for immediate medical attention.
The SAPS Employee Health and Wellness (EHW) Unit has been dispatched to notify the families of those involved in the accident.
Case of culpable homicide opened
Police spokesperson, Colonel Athlenda Mathe confirmed in a tweet that a case of culpable homicide has been registered at the Middleburg Police Station after the motorcade crash.
National Police Commissioner General for the SAPS, Fannie Masemola, sent his condolences to the family, friends, and colleagues of the deceased member, and wished the injured members a speedy recovery.
This is the second accident in recent months. In July this year, Mabuza’s convoy was involved in a motorcade crash on the N1 in Midrand between Allandale Road and New Road.
Two members of his security sustained minor injuries during the incident. Police Spokesperson Mathe, confirmed that he was not in any of the vehicles at the time. The injured members rushed to hospital for medical evaluation where they were later cleared and discharged.
A case of reckless and negligent driving was registered by police after this incident.