MEC condemns 'atrocious' police shooting

2011-08-02 18:06
Johannesburg - Gauteng Community Safety MEC Faith Nonhlanhla Mazibuko has condemned the "atrocious" shooting of the Rosebank police station commander and another officer.

"It is sad that the incident took place on the first day of Women's Month, where we were supposed to be celebrating women in leadership", Mazibuko said in a statement on Tuesday.

A police clerk entered the Rosebank police station in Johannesburg at 15:45 on Monday, went into station commander Lieutenant Colonel Thandi Mkhize's office and shot her and Captain Neelavathi Naidu.

Naidu and the clerk, who turned the gun on himself, died on the scene.

Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa could not say if the clerk had been on duty or suspended.

Last week, a disciplinary hearing found him guilty of mishandling firearms.

Mkhize was still in a critical condition in Milpark Hospital on Tuesday.

Mazibuko called on police leadership to remain "unwavering" in the enforcement of discipline within the police force.

"It is only a disciplined service that can effectively and efficiently discharge its responsibility of keeping citizens safe from criminality," she said.

No reason

The SA Police Union (Sapu) also expressed its dismay.

"Sapu finds this violent attack unacceptable and there is no justification for it. We want to state our dismay and anger at this action of cowardice," said Sapu general secretary Oscar Skommere.

"There is absolutely no reason a member has to use violent and unlawful means to settle challenges," he said.

Skommere said it was unacceptable for individuals to kill innocent people and thereafter commit suicide.

Difficult circumstances

Earlier on Tuesday, the Democratic Alliance sent its condolences to Naidu's family, colleagues and friends.

"Our police officers put themselves on the line to keep us safe, very often in difficult circumstances, with not enough remuneration and not enough equipment," DA spokesperson Kate Lorimer said in a statement.

"It is tragic that such an incident could occur in what should be a safe environment."

The DA also wished Mkhize a speedy recovery.

- SAPA
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