No arrests in cop killings

2011-07-29 09:24

No arrests have been made in connection with the killings this week of three police officers, Gauteng and Ekurhuleni police said on Friday.

Gauteng police spokesperson Captain Katlego Mogale said there were no arrests yet following the murder on Wednesday of 44-year-old Warrant Officer Mxolisi Mdutyana.

Mdutyana was shot and killed at the Joe Slovo informal settlement in Reiger Park on Wednesday morning while he and a constable were on patrol in the area.

Ekurhuleni police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Lungelo Dlamini said police were also still investigating the murder of two flying squad police officers who were killed by gunmen in Zonkiziwe, Ekurhuleni on Sunday.

Petrus Mokoena (45) and Bhekuyise Mahlalela (47) were killed on Sunday evening after they stopped behind a “suspicious” bakkie with two occupants.

When the police officers stopped behind the bakkie, its occupants got out and fired shots at the two officers.

One of the officers died at the scene and the other died on his way to hospital.

National police commissioner General Bheki Cele and Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa would brief the media in Pretoria today on their approach to police killings.

On Wednesday, Cele called for a stop to the killing of police officers. His spokesperson Colonel Vishnu Naidoo said that when he was told of Mdutyana’s murder, Cele’s reaction was: “When will this stop?”

Cele said: “I want to make another appeal to the people of South Africa to help stop the murder of police officers. The time has come for communities to say ‘HANDS OFF our cops’...

“The police officers that are being killed are spouses, parents, siblings and children but also – importantly – they are from your community trying to keep you safe,” he said in a statement.

Mthethwa’s spokesperson Zweli Mnisi said on Wednesday that a programme to address the police killings would be shared publicly today.

“These heartless criminals who murder our cops have, for all intentions declared themselves enemies of the State and the law-abiding citizens; and it is our resolve that we shall end these killings. We have the support of millions of South Africans [who] are saying: enough is enough!” said Mnisi.

The Star reported this week that these three deaths brought to 53 the number of police officers killed since January. 

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