EMPD officer faces disciplinary hearing over Vosloorus accident

The officer faces charges of gross negligence for allegedly knocking over & killing, a three-year-old girl.

FILE. The Ekurhuleni officer knocked the little girl over while swerving to avoid potholes. Picture: Supplied to EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - A Metro Police officer, who allegedly killed a three-year-old girl in Vosloorus and injured another pedestrian, is expected to face a full disciplinary hearing.

Four months ago, the Ekurhuleni officer knocked the little girl over while swerving to avoid potholes en route to a protest on the East Rand.

Concerns have been raised as to why the department took so long to begin disciplinary processes.

The Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Police Department's Wilfred Kgasago says the officer will be charged with gross negligence.

"We will hear what technicalities are raised by the defense. We will see what happens."

He says due to the massive backlog of internal investigations, it's taken the department four months to institute internal charges.

"We investigate quite a number of cases, though at times we prioritise certain cases because of their seriousness."

There are still no criminal charges against the officer, but the National Director of Public Prosecutions will determine whether he has a case to answer to.

The officer is still at work, but is not allowed to drive an EMPD vehicle, pending the outcome of the investigation.