Two cops found dead in Sebokeng

2011-07-28 10:43

Two police officers were found dead in Sebokeng, south of Johannesburg, this morning, Gauteng police said.

“The neighbours allegedly heard banging sounds last night [Wednesday] and this morning they came to investigate and found that the two constables were shot dead,” Captain Katlego Mogale said.

“One service pistol was found on the scene.”

Mogale refused to speculate on the motive for the shooting of the man and woman, who were based at the Vereeniging police station.
“We are busy investigating.”

She did not want to say if the police suspected this to be a murder-suicide.

In the past 10 days, four police officers have been killed in the line of duty, excluding the Sebokeng deaths.

On July 19, Warrant Officer Leon Nieuwoudt, 38, was shot dead after he arrested two suspected stock thieves on a farm near Burgersdorp in the Eastern Cape.

On Sunday, two flying squad police officers, Petrus Mokoena, 45, and Bhekuyise Mahlalela, 47, were shot dead when they stopped a bakkie with two occupants in Zonkizizwe, Ekurhuleni.

On Wednesday morning, Warrant Officer Mxolisi Mdutyana, 44, was shot dead at the Joe Slovo informal settlement in Reiger Park, east of Johannesburg, while he and a constable were on patrol in the area.

National police commissioner General Bheki Cele was said to be highly upset after being told of the Reiger Park shooting.

His spokesperson Colonel Vishnu Naidoo said his reaction was: “When will this stop?”

Cele said in a statement yesterday: “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.”

According to figures published in The Star newspaper today, 54 police officers had been killed in action since January this year.

On Saturday, in Itsoseng, North West, a police officer shot and injured a woman before shooting himself dead. 

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