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Taxi driver under fire

An incident in which a taxi allegedly struck a five-year-old child playing in the street almost turned ugly when an enraged crowd swarmed the driver’s vehicle.

The residents of Phomolong wanted to take the law into their own hands after the vehicle of the 28-year-old taxi driver, Sello Jonas Monokoane, allegedly hit the child, killing him instantly.

The incident happened on Sunday (09/09) at about 17:00.

“It is alleged that the five-year-old boy was playing with his friends in the street when he was struck by a passing taxi.

“The taxi driver was notified by the community to stop his vehicle, as it is alleged that he was not aware of what had transpired.

“It is alleged that Monokoane panicked when he saw angry community members flocking to his taxi.

“Fearing for his life he decided to drive to the police station in Phomolong, where he reported the matter,” says Sgt Mamello Mokhuoane, spokes­person for the Thabong Cluster.

“Police and emergency services rushed to the scene. The little boy was pronounced dead at the scene. Hennenman police are investigating a case of culpable homicide.”

The Hennenman police have issued a stern warning to the residents of Phomolong, Hennenman, to refrain from taking the law into their own hands, and let justice take its course.

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