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.

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