Cop, criminal die in shoot-out
East London - A police officer and a wanted criminal died during a shoot-out in Maclear, Eastern Cape police said on Monday.
"Warrant Officer Zamekile Mngeniso was killed on Sunday when he and two colleagues followed up on information about a man who was linked to several crimes," Brigadier Marinda Mills said.
A shoot-out ensued after police pulled over a vehicle travelling in Maclear. Mngeniso and the suspect, Siyabulela Hlathika, were killed.
"We arrested two people in the vehicle and confiscated a firearm."
Mngeniso is the third policeman killed in the line of duty in the Eastern Cape this year. He had served as an officer for 10 years.
Eastern Cape Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Celiwe Binta sent condolences to the family.
"Not only is this traumatic and unbearable to the family, but the impact is equally severe to his colleagues."