Man shot in search for cop killers

2010-12-22 08:41

A man believed to be linked to the killing of two police officers in Soweto earlier this week was shot in Johannesburg when he was traced and pulled over for questioning, Gauteng police said today.

“Police tried to stop the car but he produced his firearm, jumped out of the car and whilst he was running he was shot in the stomach,” said Captain Lungelo Dlamini.

Speaking by phone from the memorial service in Meadowlands of Warrant Officer Dzialwa Reuben Kundwani (48) and Constable Letjeku Abel Thenga (25), Dlamini said the man was taken to hospital and would be charged for murder.

He was allegedly in possession of a police firearm and ballistics tests would be conducted on it.

Police would question him and also check up on the firearms found on the three men who were with him in the car when it was stopped at the split off for Bloemfontein on Johannesburg’s M1 south.

The officers were shot dead in a Meadowlands hostel whilst on patrol on Sunday.

After that shooting, Dlamini said 14 police officers had been killed on duty in Gauteng.

In response, police mounted raids on hostels in Dube, Nancefield, Meadowlands and Merafe and arrested 16 people yesterday.

Those arrested were wanted for crimes including business and ATM robberies.

The raids drew anger from IFP spokesperson Vincent Shange who said that although they condemned the killing of the officers, they felt police were harassing residents and had injured some during the operation.

National Police Commissioner General Bheki Cele encouraged those aggrieved to raise this with the Independent Complaints Directorate which deals with complaints against the police.

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