We are winning the war against cop killers - MEC

2015-09-09 18:30
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Johannesburg - Gauteng was winning the war against cop killers, community safety MEC Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane said on Wednesday.

She told journalists the number of criminals who were either killed or arrested due to their involvement in cop killings was a clear indication of how they were winning the war.

"We will continue hunting them down and arrest as many as possible to stop this senseless killing of our police officers."

The MEC made this statement hours after two police officers were shot and killed in Dobsonville, Soweto. One of the officers died on the scene after they were chased and shot at by a large gang. The other died later in hospital.

This brought to 10 the number of police officers killed in the province in the last three months.

In a statement, Gauteng police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Lungelo Dlamini said around 13:00 one red and one white Golf GTi with North West registration plates chased the 50-year-old warrant officer and the 40-year-old constable who were in a Ford Figo.

The officers were based at the Moroka police station.

During the chase, the police crashed into a civilian driving a white Mercedes Benz and the gang jumped out of their vehicles, opening fire on them.

It was not known why they had opened fire on the police, but the gang stole the officers' firearms and case dockets in their possession.

Police urged the public to assist with information to track the killers.

Gauteng head of detective services Major General Vincent Leshabane, speaking at the same briefing as Nkosi-Malobane, said police were being attacked by criminals who were cornered or who were "trying to run away".

"As a result, they are trying to shoot police and in most cases, they want the firearms," he said.

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