Govt announces memorial service for Joseph Mabuza

His death has left many people shocked.

The Mpumalanga government has made available details of spokesperson Joseph Mabuza’s memorial service.

It said the memorial service will be held this coming Thursday at the Communio Church next to Ilanga Mall in Mbombela.

Acting spokesman Moeti Mmusi said details regarding Mabuza’s funeral service will also be communicated.

Mabuza, described as a very humble person by colleagues and others who knew him, died Sunday afternoon (23 Dec) on the N4 towards Mozambique just before the Nkomazi toll gate.

He was the spokesperson to Mpumalanga safety and security MEC Pat Ngomane.

Premier Refilwe Mtshweni said news of Mabuza’s death was saddening.

She said the death was a huge blow to the provincial government, “as Mr Mabuza was the champion of road safety in the province”.

“Let me pass my condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Mr Mabuza,” she said.

Mabuza, travelling in a motorbike, died when a bakkie allegedly made a U-turn on the highway, killing him.

A manhunt for the driver of the bakkie has been launched by the cops.

“I have no doubt that as a provincial government, we have lost a passionate fellow colleague who was tremendously dedicated and patriotic about road safety in our province.

“Death has robbed us as a provincial government a good communicator. On behalf of the provincial government, let me pass my deepest and sincere condolences to Mabuza’s family, friends and colleagues in the entire administration,” said Mtshweni.

If you have information on the whereabouts of the bakkie’s driver call the cops on 072 196 8225 or 08600 10111.

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BREAKING: MEC Pat Ngomane’s spokesperson dies in car crash

His family says they are saddened by the news – given that he was an ambassador for road safety in Mpumalanga.

Mpumalanga safety and security spokesperson Joseph Mabuza has died.

Mabuza, who was MEC Pat Ngomane’s spokesperson, died in the early afternoon on Sunday (23 Dec) his family has confirmed.

He was travelling on a motorbike from the Lebombo border post when a car allegedly made a U-turn on the highway, killing him.

The accident occurred on the N4 towards Mozambique just before the Nkomazi toll gate at around 2 in the afternoon

“We are saddened as a family. It is really disturbing because the whole province knew him as an ambassador for road safety,” family spokesman Kingdom Mabuza said.

Mabuza’s death comes hours after his department reported the shocking deaths of 10 people killed in three separate road crashes overnight.

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Police spies to sneak into corrupt Driving Testing Centres

Five officials were nabbed this week after being caught red-handed.

The Mpumalanga government wants police spies to quietly visit driving licence testing centres across the province and arrest corrupt officials.

It says enough is enough now.

Safety and security MEC Pat Ngomane said this after the arrest of five officials belonging to the Delmas testing centre by the Hawks.

The five were allegedly issuing driving licences to undeserving people who had paid bribes, Ngomane said, and were nabbed by members of the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) anti-corruption officers and Hawks who arrived unexpectedly at centre.

They were three officers who were working as driving licence examiners and two private people who acted as coordinators, the MEC said.

“They are accused of soliciting money from driving licence applicants in return of issuing them with Code 14 driving licenses.

“By issuing driving licences to undeserving people, the officials were actually authorising untrained people to be in control of heavy trucks and busses,” the MEC said.

“These vehicles are transporting dangerous goods and precious lives, meaning that many road users’ lives are put at risk,” he said.

He says operations similar to these will assist “in enhancing the image and integrity of state institutions”.

“I still insist that if good law enforcers can continue exposing those who are corrupt, we will have a crime and corruption free country and also make a positive impact on service delivery. All those who were issued with illegal driving licences should come forward and assist the Hawks with investigations,” Ngomane said.

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