Cop among 10 held for murder

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Cape Town – A police officer is among 10 people arrested for the murder of another policeman at the Klapmuts police station outside Stellenbosch, Western Cape police said on Saturday.

"Members of the Hawks arrested a 30-year-old detective constable who is stationed at Klapmuts police station on suspicion that he was involved in the attack on the police station and the murder of Warrant Officer Steven Britz," police spokesperson Andrè Traut.

Britz, 44, was killed while on duty at the station on Wednesday night at around 22:30.

Five official firearms were removed from the gun safe.

On Friday night, the detective constable was tracked down at a shebeen in Kayamandi, where he was arrested along with eight others.

The arrested detective constable - whose fingerprints were apparently found at the scene of the crime - had previously been absent from work since last month.

"Further investigation led to the arrest of another suspect, a 34-year-old man who we believe took possession of the stolen firearms, although the firearms are yet to be discovered."

Those arrested would appear in court in Paarl on Tuesday.

Britz served the SA Police Service for 22 years, and is survived by his wife and two sons, aged 11 and 19.

- SAPA

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