'Our claws are out for police killers' - Hawks head

2016-06-07 16:27

Cape Town - A man accused of shooting dead a Cape Town policeman at close range is expected to apply for bail next month, the Hawks said on Tuesday.

Constable Lunthu Sive Nkabi, 38, was killed while off-duty in Thubelitsha, Delft, in April this year.

He was driving his private vehicle when another car suddenly blocked the road.

“The constable got out of his vehicle to investigate what the matter was, but instead of getting answers he was shot at close range. He died at the scene,” said national Hawks spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Robert Netshiunda.

Nkabi had been stationed at the Delft police station.

Siphamandla Gqongweni, 22, was arrested for his murder a month later, said Western Cape Hawks spokesperson Lloyd Ramovha.

The attack appeared to be related to road rage.

Ramovha said Gqongweni would return to Bellville Magistrate’s Court on July 12 for his bail application.

Three men were arrested this week for the murder of Cape Town Constable Lindekile Sikade, who was ambushed in his official vehicle in April.

Sikade had been stationed at the Grassy Park detective unit.

Hawks head, Lieutenant General Berning Ntlemeza, praised the progress of both cases.

“We said it before that our claws are out for those who kill police officers,” he said on Tuesday.

“An attack to a police officer is an attack to the security of the state and we are out to get whoever commits the cold act of threatening the safety and security of this country.”

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