Policeman gunned down
Pietermaritzburg - A 30-year-old police sergeant from the Kokstad Stock Theft unit was shot dead while investigating a crime in the Harding area of KwaZulu-Natal, police said on Saturday.
Colonel Jay Naicker said Sergeant Leche Kokjass was alone, investigating stock theft in the area, when he was shot on at around 15:40 on Friday.
"Members of the community at Gundrift heard the policeman screaming for help," Naicker said.
"When they went to investigate, they saw two men running into the bushes."
"They found Sergeant Kokjass screaming in pain lying not far away from his police vehicle.
"Sadly he passed away from his injuries a short while later."
Kokjass had sustained a gunshot wound to his lower back.
"At this stage the motive for the killing is unknown," Naicker said.
"We cannot rule out the possibility that he was killed because of his investigation into stock theft in the area."
Kokjass' gun was taken by his attackers.