CT taxi driver involved in the death of traffic cop in hit-and-run appears in court


Traffic officer – Deon Sampson, aged 46, was run over in Lingelethu on Friday

A taxi driver has appeared  in the Khayelitsha Magistrates Court in connection with the murder of a City of Cape Town traffic officer.

The incident happened in Lingelethu on Friday night.

Deon Sampson, traffic officer, aged 46, was run over in Lingelethu on Friday night.

He and colleagues were on routine roadblock duties when they flagged down a taxi.

While they were busy checking the vehicle’s licence disc, the driver stepped on the accelerator and Sampson was dragged a few hundred metres along Spine Road.

The other officers opened fire when the taxi driver, who was allegedly under the influence of alcohol, refused to stop.

Earlier that same day, a provincial traffic officer was shot and wounded in an apparent robbery in George.

Currently, she is recovering from a neck wound and has been moved from ICU to a general ward.

The alleged shooter was scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday.