Two Gauteng cops killed

2010-12-20 16:41

Johannesburg - Two policemen were shot dead in a Meadowlands hostel whilst on patrol, Gauteng police said on Monday.

Lieutenant Colonel Lungelo Dlamini said Warrant Officer Dzialwa Reuben Kundwani, 48, and Constable Letjeku Abel Thenga, 25, were killed at Mzimhlope hostel in Soweto just before 20:00 on Sunday.

The Gauteng police commissioner, Lieutenant Mzwandile Petros, expressed his shock at the killing of the officers, which brought the number of policemen killed in the line of duty over the past two weeks to three.

Since the beginning of this year, 14 police officers had been killed on duty in Gauteng, said Dlamini.

The officers were both shot in the upper body and died at the scene.

"It is believed that the motive for the killing might have been robbery as their service pistols were stolen."

Kundwani was survived by his wife and had served in the police force for 24 years. Thenga was not married and had served for two years.

Dlamini said police had launched a manhunt to find the perpetrators.

"The killing of police officers robs the community of service delivery."

Anyone with information could contact CrimeStop on 08600 1011 or 10111.

  • THH - 2010-12-20 16:50

    24 Years can only mean dedication and we are worse off without MEN! who are trying to make a diffrence out there my thoughts are with his wife and family.

      Jay - 2010-12-21 07:41

      Its sad, but the problem lies with training. Our police officers tactical awareness is very low and their training is of a poor standard. Until the government starts providing specially devised tactical training for the current security climate in SA our police men and woman will continue to die.

  • James - 2010-12-20 16:55

    i am so much worried that these criminals even if caught with the guns would still be deemed to have rights. when the police shoot to kills these animals they're said to be pistol crazy. i am black but crime in South Africa to people of all colour is bad that shooting to kill criminals should be the answer. when approached by police officers you just need to stand and get searched and any figitating should cost your brain spilled by the bullet.

      Willie - 2010-12-21 03:49

      James, this white brother of yours fully agree with you

  • PerciusJcksn - 2010-12-20 17:21

    Rest in peace men of honor and justice, my prayers are with your family. I guess we can only wait until something is done.

  • pointblankza - 2010-12-20 17:27

    bastards, I hope the police find them and shoot them..dead.

  • salty - 2010-12-20 17:34

    Trerrible wicked perpitrators of these crimes should be hung.....bring back the death penalty!!! These were family men of honour protecting and defending our country against animals like those who took their lives. May they RIP and thoughts be with thier loved ones. To the animals who commited this crime may you rot in hell for all iternity.

  • Mr D - 2010-12-20 17:42

    They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old. Age shall not weary them, nor the years contemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning We will remember them. They mingle not with their laughing comrades again; They sit no more at familiar tables of home; They have no lot in our labour of the day-time; They sleep beyond South Africa's foam.

  • mrdanger006 - 2010-12-20 18:26


      Delarox - 2010-12-21 09:20

      And propert leadership

  • AloninSA - 2010-12-20 19:06

    How else can we possibly train animals like this? Bring back the death penalty! When they show that they believe that life is worthless, lets show them who's lives are really worthless! We don't need these blind murderers in our country, for what purpose do we keep them alive? to get out of jail and take more innocent lives?

  • Mundu - 2010-12-20 19:18

    I say death penality for Cop Killers.

      AloninSA - 2010-12-20 19:25

      why only to cop killers ? What about innocent woman ? Children ? The bastards responsible for the Shongweni massacre ?

  • Valkerie - 2010-12-21 09:34

    Silly question, but if they were shot in the upper body, were they then not wearing bullet proof vests? I know this is standard issue for many police officers...

      ryanmcastle - 2010-12-21 11:37

      Vests are supposed to be standard issue, but not readily available. Cops who are shot dead and not wearing vests, families suffer as their benefits do not pay out, regardless of where they are shot! Sad, I know.

  • nthabiseng - 2010-12-21 09:50

    Death penalty should come back for everyone commiting these brutal crimes.All these BASTEDS have became cold hearted as if they were raised in bushers where there no teaching of morals.

  • KaiinSA - 2010-12-21 10:04

    Just listen to yourselves, yesterday you were saying how bad the police are and that they consider themselves above the law and we're turning in to a police state etc etc, today when 2 police officers get shot suddenly the police do a fantastic job at protecting SA. Wake up and smell the Biltong people you can't go around with this two faced attitude or the country will never get off its arse and move forward. I do not condone the shooting of these two policemen and these people should be brought to book.

  • Hopnop - 2010-12-21 14:42

    What were they doing there?? Collecting bribes, who will know! RIP

  • AJ - 2010-12-22 07:39

    Aside from the families personal tragedies in this regard we lose a 24 year veteran of the force and a fresh faced youngster too. Let's hope their colleagues can find the killers asap. Often they are only caught when committing a new crime with the stolen guns..

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