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Official involved in alleged hit-and-run

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BOTH the Department of Roads and Public Works and the police have refrained from commenting on an alleged hit-and-run accident involving a senior official who was driving a state vehicle in Upington, which was later towed to Kimberley by a provincial

BOTH the Department of Roads and Public Works and the police have refrained from commenting on an alleged hit-and-run accident involving a senior official who was driving a state vehicle in Upington, which was later towed to Kimberley by a provincial vehicle.

According to the vehicle registration details, the owner of the car is the Department of Roads and Public Works in the Northern Cape.

An on-duty police officer who was involved in the accident, stated that no progress had been made after opening criminal charges of reckless and negligent driving as well as fleeing an accident scene.

“The driver of a black Range Rover failed to slow down before he hit the speed bump at the four-way intersection in King Street, Pabalello on February 25 between 7pm and 8pm. After he crashed into the rear of the vehicle I was travelling in, I advised the driver, who was extremely arrogant, to wait until the police arrived so that an accident report could be filled in. It appeared as if he was under the influence of alcohol. He told me that he was a top government official and that I was nothing, before fleeing the scene,” said the police officer.

He added that a tow truck, which was marked as a provincial vehicle, arrived the following day to transport the Range Rover from Upington to Kimberley.

He also stated that the official could not have been attending to official business at the time of the accident, as it happened after hours on a Saturday.

“Top officials of his rank receive car allowances, while I learnt that the Range Rover was supposed to be placed on auction at the government garage. Luckily I was not injured during the incident. The front bumper of the Range Rover and the rear of the SAPS vehicle were damaged in the accident”

According to local towing services, the cost to transport a vehicle from Upington to Kimberley varies from R6 000 to R9 000.

Spokeswoman for the Department of Roads and Public Works, Crystal Robertson, confirmed that one of the department’s senior officials was involved in a car accident.

“An investigating officer was assigned to the case. We will allow the matter to be investigated instead of responding to allegations,” said Robertson.

The provincial police directed media enquiries to the Upington police station, who in turn had not responded by the time of going to print.