33-year-old off-duty police officer killed in alleged hit-and-run incident in Khayelitsha.
CAPE TOWN – A minibus taxi driver, who allegedly knocked down and killed a 33-year-old off-duty police officer in Khayelitsha on Saturday evening, has been urged to hand himself over to the police.
Wonga Maphongwana was attached to the Mitchells Plain police station’s crime prevention unit. He was knocked down as he crossed a road after alighting from a taxi.
Police spokesperson Noloyiso Rwexana said a culpable homicide case was being investigated.
SA National Taxi Council provincial spokesperson Gershon Geyer said: “We appeal to the driver to come forward and to hand himself over to the nearest police station.”
Community Policing Forum provincial chairperson Fransina Lukas also appealed for the taxi driver to hand himself over, saying: “The family deserves justice and closure.”
Popcru spokesperson Richard Mamabolo said: “We appeal to the community to give investigators the necessary leads in tracing this driver, who so brazenly opted to flee.”
The incident comes two days after off-duty police officer Lizwi Mbambeni, 31, was shot dead in Mfuleni, and two weeks after a suspect appeared in court over the stabbing death of off-duty police officer Sibongile Teka, 34, in Lwandle.