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Shocker: Police van allegedly kills child in a hit-and-run

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There’s serious trouble facing a police van driver after allegedly killing a child in a hit-and-run. The tragedy happened in Gauteng’s East Rand on Thursday.

POLICE VAN KILLS CHILD IN HIT-AND-RUN KWATHEMA?

According to the report which has circulated on social media, the 13-year-old child was killed KwaThema on the East Rand.

Reports say the police van did not stop to take responsibility, making the accident a hit-and-run. The deceased was with her 7-year-old brother, whom she pushed away in an apparent sacrifice to save his life.

It is further said that witnesses of the grim event, which happened in broad daylight around 14:20, quickly followed the police van before capturing its registration plate.

The driver of the police van is believed to be a female driver who was accompanied by an ununiformed male.

“We are aware. We learnt about it last night (Thursday) when members of the public reported it to us on social media,” IPID spokesperson Grace Langa confirmed.

“Indeed it happened. We are starting to investigate the matter today (Friday),” Langa said.

“We will ensure justice for the family,” Langa said.

SOCIAL MEDIA REPORT

The terror might have never caught urgent attention had it not been for a Twitter user with nearly 20 000 followers.

“SA Police Service Eastrand Kwa-Thema just killed a Child hit and run, leaving child’s dead body on the streets,” @KingMntungwa tweeted before drawing over 3 000 retweets on Thursday.

“Retweet until they are found and arrested. We want justice.”

The tweet also included an emotional screenshot post that was shared by an unknown user. The person said they had witnessed the terror, while they were with their daughter in the area.

“Just witnessed police van kill child in front me and my daughter. At KwaThema Langaville, extension 8. People are heartless,” the user said.

Breaking News : @SAPoliceService JHB Eastrand Kwa-Thema just killed a Child hit an run. leaving child’s dead body on the streets. @City_Ekurhuleni

Retweet until they are found and arrested. We want justice. pic.twitter.com/H4ncYBe9mU

— #KingBebe (@KingMntungwa) January 13, 2022

Meanwhile, Ipid is expected to follow up with a public update after starting investigations on Friday.

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