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SA diplomat in Norway might be prosecuted for drunken driving

Norwegian media is reporting that the diplomat tried to speed away from the police.

FILE: The Norwegian flag. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - A South African diplomat in Norway may have his diplomatic immunity revoked to face prosecution after causing a head-on collision, allegedly while driving under the influence.

The crash happened in the capital Oslo during the early hours of Sunday morning.

As a result of the collision, a healthcare worker who was responding to an emergency at a local hospital was trapped in her car, but managed to escape with minor injuries.

Norwegian media is reporting that the South African diplomat tried to speed away from the police, who had noticed his erratic driving when he swerved into oncoming traffic and collided with another car.

It's alleged the diplomat's passenger fled the scene on foot, while he reportedly declined to do a breathalyser test and appeared drunk.

Norway's foreign minister has requested a full waiver of the South African's diplomatic immunity so that he can face prosecution as it's emerged he's already under investigation for a previous drunk driving incident.

The Department of International Relations' Nelson Gwete confirmed the incident.

"The official has been subjected to an investigation by Norwegian police."

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) Norway's traffic related death rate per capita is 2,9 compared to South Africa's 31,9.

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